How important is it to get people to cooperate with you as a leader, as opposed to using your authority to order people to do something you want completed?
While it's essential for members of the military and para-military organizations such as first responders, to obey orders because it maintains good order, discipline, and readiness during battle or critical incidents, is that the way a good leader should function?
According to an article in Forbes (Brower, 11/10/2019), a study in Chaos, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Non Linear Science found when people cooperate with more group members over longer periods of time, they are more likely to emerge as leaders within the group.
Cooperation may be a vital way for leaders to gain influence and for groups to be successful.
The Forbes article goes on to say that leaders who cooperate, share, and foster belonging within the group, will be more influential and successful over time.
There are four ways that this leadership style shows up on a daily basis:
1. Share Common Goals - Successful leadership is all about creating an environment of common goals and outcomes. Look for projects across the organization where groups can collaborate and cooperate to get the job done.
2. Share The Spotlight - Smart leaders understand that their influence comes from making others around them successful. Be an invested champion of your people's success.
3. Share Information - While some information might need to be held close to the vest, the general rule is that transparency is better. When employees feel in the loop and part of the information network, they buy in to the corporate culture.
4. Share Yourself - Being authentic is essential to being a good leader. Employees want leaders who are strong under pressure, but who can also show their vulnerable side as well.
Watch the video below for another aspect of how good leaders conduct themselves.
Also, please leave me a comment about your thoughts regarding the importance of cooperation as a quality of a good leader.
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