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Drive and Independence

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Drive and Independence

Rick’sTIPS explores the competencies necessary for successful leadership and provides activities to assist with the development and mastery of these skills.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
                                                                           -John C. Maxwell

Independence – the ability to influence people and events through decision-making and action.

Leaders must often stand on their own with strength of conviction and exercise independence. They learn independence by practicing decision-making, assuming responsibility, sharing ideas and discussion.

Drive – being highly motivated, ambitious, energetic and taking initiative.

Most leaders have an inner motor that won’t allow them to give up until they find the answers they seek. This infectious trait causes a leader to push priorities throughout the organization.

The upside of having a high degree of drive and independence is that there is little “drag” on the organization with respect to emotional issues. The leader with drive and independence allows employees to do their jobs without micromanagement and close supervision creating in others a high desire to meet expectations and fulfill obligations.

Individuals with drive and independence are said to have high EQ which means they have the ability to be self-directed and self-controlled in their thinking and actions and are free of emotional dependency. They also possess integrity; taking responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and actions. That doesn’t mean they don’t seek help when needed, but it is not for the purpose of satisfying their own emotional needs. They are not co-dependent. They have relationships that are courteous and show respect for self and others.

People with Drive and Independence…

Take the lead. Find a subject in which they feel confident, but others may not agree. Assert their point of view and are prepared to handle the criticism.

Make a tough stand. Are prepared to take a stand by practicing a mental interrogation of their point. Clearly state their point in a few sentences and why they feel that way.

Sell their stand. Present outcomes, targets and goals.

Keep their cool. Manage their emotional reactions. Ask a question to buy time, pause, or ask for more information.

Are philosophical about being wrong. They understand that mistakes will be made and don’t allow that to get in the way of reaching their goals.  When things do go wrong, they don’t dwell on it, but rather learn from it and continue to move forward.

What is your level of drive and independence? Take our quiz….

When Independence Overrides Leadership

However, the downside of having too much drive and independence is that it can cause a leader to stick with a plan that isn’t working or has outdated assumptions.

It can also cause a leader to override the ideas and desires of others which is difficult in larger organizations where a collaborative team effort is needed to achieve its goals. When this trait overpowers other leadership competencies, it guarantees that the leader will make all the decisions and others will stop making decisions and wait to be directed.

If your drive and independence has taken over, there are actions you can take; click here.


I hope you found this edition of Rick’sTIPS:  Drive and Independence beneficial.

I look forward to providing you with information that makes your life more productive.

Until next time…..

Rick

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