The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time

 In Inspirational, Leadership, Leadership Development, management, Rick Conlow

“The obscure we eventually see. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer,”says journalist Edward Murrow. Managers often miss the greatest leadership principle of all-time. This is true about what it takes to be a successful leader. There is so much noise out there! Let’s get to where the rubber meets the road.

Famed New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra added, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” Here are a few quick facts that give you clues to what’s going on in organizations, and the potential impact of The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time.

The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time by Rick Conlow

5 Clues about the Greatest Leadership Principle

  1. time management study by Theodore Barry and Associates showed that 40-50% of employee time is unproductive!
  2. A conference board study outlines how 70% of employees are not motivated toward the company goals.
  3. A Gallup Study shockingly demonstrated that 87% of employees worldwide are disengaged.
  4. Jackson Organization ROI study found a 3X greater return for higher morale companies over lower morale companies. In addition, 90% of CEOs say they need to improve productivity but few do anything different that will fix it.
  5. Sirota Study outlines that high morale companies have grown 19.4% in stock price and low moral companies 10%.

A Brief Story about Leadership

The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time by Rick Conlow

Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves illustrates the greatest leadership principle. It was the top of the ninth inning and Spahn had a 2-0 lead with two out and two men on. The opponents’ best hitter came up to bat. Spahn’s manager called time out and came out to talk to him and said, “Whatever you do, don’t throw it high and inside!” Unfortunately, Spahn wound up and threw it high and inside. The hitter smashed a three run home-run that eventually led to winning the game. Think about that, why wouldn’t the manager talk about what to do or even tell a joke to lighten the moment or give a compliment for inspirational purposes?

The above corporate stats show that disengaged employees perform significantly less effectively than engaged employees. The managers of disengaged employees are not reinforcing positive behaviors or goals. Instead they are creating a complacent, critical or combative work culture. (Remember: 87% of the world’s employees are disengaged!)

The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time by Rick Conlow

In the best companies, the opposite is true about leadership behavior and the impact on employees. In my career and consulting with clients I have learned that a manager’s influence and behavior is the determining factor. Backed up by research, experience, modeling the best leaders, Olympic champion’s training regimens and some of the most excellent coaching anywhere, here is the greatest leadership principle of all-time…

The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time

“What gets reviewed, reinforced and rewarded, gets done!”

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The Greatest Leadership Principle of All-Time by Rick Conlow

Rick Conlow

Rick Conlow is the CEO and founder of Rick Conlow International. He has helped numerous companies like Target, Costco, Andersen Windows, and Canadian Linen reduce complaints, improve profits, and increase sales. Rick has been a general manager, vice president, training director, program director, and national sales trainer and consultant. He has authored 11 books, and regularly facilitates presentations to audiences of all sizes.

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