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A Leadership Minute: Getting the Buy In
Apologies for missing a month’s leadership newsletter, I was doing a little holidaying in Ireland during most of the last month and hence I did not find the time to write to you.
It was memorable trip; Ireland is truly a hidden gem with its vast spans of greenery and rich and sometimes poignant history.
Alright, let’s talk about the law of the buy-in.
Often when we first get promoted into a new position of leadership, the most instinctive thing we might do is to sit the staff or team down and then share with them our vision and mission for the organization.
If you have been reading my site, ebook and articles, you will realize that this is an important step to moving an organization forward. However, one mistake that we might commit is not to get the buy-in from the team.
Getting the team to buy-in is simply to get them to believe in your vision as much as you do. When they believe, you won’t be the only one running for that goal, but the whole team will be behind you.
Here are some steps you need to take note of when getting the buy-in:
1. Give them an outline of your vision first
Don’t set everything in stone first. Instead tell your team only roughly how you intend to move forward.
It is like you throwing out your ideas first before your team.
2. Ask them for their ideas
People want to be part of the vision, so let them give you their thoughts about the organizational vision as well. The more they share, the more they feel part of the organizational goal.
Facilitate the session by repeating in your own words the idea set forth by each individual staff before moving on to the next one. Repeating in your own words shows them you were listening and you understood what they were talking about.
3. Putting it all together
It is unlikely that anyone will propose an outlandish vision for the organization, hence, adjourn the session, return to your office and come up with the solid vision statement and present it before your team.
Make sure that everyone has a part to play in achieving the new vision or goal, and be as specific to them as possible. If your vision is exciting enough, it will get the team excited to run with you!
It can be tempting to just do everything yourself and then just present it to the team, sure, you will get them to work, but it won’t be an easy time for you because nobody feels that you have included them in your visions and goals.
If you are an existing leader, or a leader that is just promoted, this is a good exercise to do and it will bring you forward so much faster when everyone is running with you!
To your success,
Recommended Books and Resources
This book by John Maxwell has been written over 10 years ago, but it does not make any of its principles of team building any less true today. If you are currently building or assembling a team, this book will be an invaluable resource for you.
You can check the product out in Amazon.
Quote of the Month
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
– Andrew Carnegie