It's not enough to declare that your selected candidate for promotion to supervisor is now a leader. You must provide him or her with three essential building blocks. And by the way, if you are the one being asked to take on the additional responsibility of leadership you should insist on having the same three building blocks:
After this time I surpassed all others in authority, but I had no more power than the others who were also my colleagues in office.
- Augustus Caesar
Authority includes the personnel, money and materials that go beyond the title supervisor or manager. Your authority includes the sole determination of how the above assets are utilized or expended conducting the business of your department, section, area of responsibility or company. Your staff must be absolutely certain that you are in charge and your decisions won't be reversed by your supervisor, within reason, baring anything unlawful or immoral.
If you aren't given the decision making authority, don't take the job. Having the authority to complete a job is very satisfying. Remember that your authority also means taking responsibility when things go wrong.
You are given the authority to perform your duties and responsibilities because of your supervisor's confidence and trust in your abilities.
While an open mind is priceless, it is priceless only when its owner has the courage to make a final decision that closes the mind for action after the process of viewing all sides of the question has been completed. Failure to make a decision after due consideration of all the facts will quickly brand a man as unfit for a position of responsibility. Not all of your decisions will be correct. None of us is perfect. But if you get into the habit of making decisions, experience will develop your judgment to a point where more and more of your decisions will be right. After all, it is better to be right 51% of the time and get something done, than it is to get nothing done because you fear to reach a decision.
H. W. Andrews
This is the lonely part of leadership; every decision you make you make alone. While you want to have input from staff members and others as may be necessary but you will evaluate all the data and advice and ultimately make the decision alone. Leaders are responsible for making the hard decisions no one else wants to make or can make. Once you implement your decision everyone suddenly knows the correct answer. You have now opened yourself to criticism from every possible direction. You may even begin to second guess yourself-don't. The decision you made was based on available information and in the best interests of the organization.
You always have the option of adjusting the decision as its consequences develop. As a leader you make decisions knowing that they may be wrong but you take that risk where others won't. You and you alone have the responsibility for making the decision. So make your decision with confidence and above all, trust yourself.
The major way of doing anything with one's self is to own one's self. This means to take full responsibility and accountability for whatever I am doing at any moment, with anybody. It means, among other things, that I get rid of all the extra fingers that I point at people and situations to explain my behavior. When a person says "He made me mad" that is not accurate. It is "I made me mad." When I permit myself the luxury of taking that full responsibility, then I'm on first base, at least, because then I can do something about it.
W. W. Broadbent, MD, PhD
Accountability simply put means you own it. The military teaches this concept better that any organization I know. It works like this. You are assigned a task; there are two possible outcomes, you succeed or fail. If you succeed, congratulations and move on. If you fail there is no excuse for failing, you just didn't get it done. This short conversation sounds like this; Yes, Sir, No, Sir and No Excuse, Sir. The young leader learns very quickly that he or she is totally accountable for everything his or her unit does or fails to do.I guarantee you will only make an excuse once.
Your reputation as a leader will be determined by how accountable you are in your daily business practices. By holding yourself accountable for all your actions and those of your department you will be way ahead of your contemporaries. It is an easy way to get noticed in a positive way.
Accountability is not just for the big stuff; it also important for the casual daily things. For example: You tell a colleague that you can't meet with him at the moment but will call him in an hour. Make sure you call him in an hour. Or you are scheduled to attend a meeting at 10:00 AM. Show up at 9:55 AM not 10:05 AM.
Building Blocks Of Carbohydrates
Everything we eat breaks down into nutrients our body uses for energy. The basic building blocks of these nutrients are: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Eaten in the right amounts every day they can help you become stronger, healthier and happier.
Carbohydrates are a primary source of the energy we need to think and move. Our body needs between 50-60% of the foods we eat every day to contain carbohydrates in order to have the energy stores necessary to complete our daily to-do lists and stay healthy. When you fail to get enough carbohydrates in your diet you may feel sluggish, get headaches, be irritable, find it difficult to sleep and concentrate and even crave sweets.
So, what are the best carbohydrates to eat on a daily basis? Try a few of these:
-Beans, peas and lentils.
-Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Stay away from breads, cakes, cookies, and refined flours and pasta.
Protein is a primary component needed to build string muscles, ligaments and bone. Failing to eat enough protein will result in an inability to fight infection and repair bones and muscles after injury. The average adult needs 12-20% of protein in their daily caloric intake. The best sources of protein are:
Believe it or not, we all need between 18-25% of our daily caloric intake in fats every day to remain strong and healthy. Fats give us endurance energy ad well as brain and nervous system function. Without enough fats in our diets our immune systems don't work properly. It can even affect a woman's ability to get pregnant. Plant and fish fats are the most beneficial fats for humans. They can be found in
Although many popular diets stress limiting carbohydrates, fats and proteins in order to lose weight, most nutritional experts agree that the proper amounts of each are necessary to keep your body and mind healthy. Limiting any of these very necessary nutrients from your daily diet on a regular long-term basis can cause irreparable harm, to your major organs, muscle groups, brain, nervous system and even reproductive systems. Avoid injury, illness and an overall feeling of unwell ness by eating a well-balanced diet rich is vitamins, minerals and these three essentials: fats, carbohydrates and important proteins.
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