People who have special needs, and the people who care for them.
And people who are servant leaders who inspire others to take initiative to make a difference.
Bill Treasurer accomplishes both in a very simple, compelling, authentic way.
Bill is a leadership consultant and writer who has just published a much needed book for all leaders. It is a timely message that should resonate with leaders all over the world.
Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance describes six strategies that leaders can deploy to provide new and better opportunities for people.
Many leaders must acquire a new mindset in order to fully appreciate the simplicity and genius of his message. He writes,
Being an open-door leader requires having an understanding of what an open-door leader does. It also means having an opportunity mind-set, a significant shift from the more common threat-focused way of leading. ... Open-door leaders view challenging as opportunities not problems. Instead of injecting people with fear, the help peole see the opportunities that challenges provide, inspiring them with excitement and hope. The resulting optimism lifts morale and performance.
Is this just more of the same relational rhetoric that leadership writers are producing lately, or is this an important insight that we should each stop and reflect upon?
One way to answer the question is by asking to what degree are your people reaching their potential.
Do you have any way of measuring your employees potential? Do you know what potential is? Do you have a program or methodology for developing potential?
These are important questions for an organizational leader if they hope to get great performance out of their staff.
Bill Treasurer's open-door approach is place to begin this development.
It isn't just a mechanical process of looking for more work for people to do. Rather, it is a way of building trust and initiative for impact within the business.
Trust grows when employees recognize that their boss or supervisor believes that they can do great things. This is different than heavy expectations for performance that are not reasonable and fear-based. When doors are opened, and opportunity presented, then personal initiative produces benefits that no other way of managing people can do
Opportunities Make a Difference; Opportunities Create Change
Every opportunity to excel is an opportunity to make a positive change. Bill Treasurer's six open-doors are thresholds of change.
They provide people the opportunity ...
to prove themselves,
to find new meaning in life and work,
to have a second chance to make a difference,
to practice open-door leadership for others,
to become a person of integrity and authenticity, and,
to know how to build relationships of loyalty and trust.
Change your relationships, change your life and work. Change them within your business, change your business. Opening doors is a way to make it happen.
The Difference Matters
Bill Treasurer's Leaders Open Door is the right book at the right time. It is ideal for a leaders retreat, for discussion in a mentoring relationship, or to share with family, friends and colleagues.
By buying and giving this book away, you are opening doors. Not only for business people who may learn how to change their leadership method, but also because all the proceeds from sales of the book go to help special needs kids. Here's a video to explain.