20 Characteristics of an ALL IN Leader
Are you a leader who is “ALL IN?”
I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are “all in.”
Being ALL IN as a leader means:
1. You don’t constantly look at the clock, and you’re not punching a time card. Your role is not defined by 9 – 5.
2. You get it done no matter how long it takes. You are “managerless,” meaning no one else has to worry about whether you are getting it done.
3. You realize you are part of something bigger than yourself, and humbly accomplish the goals because of a larger motivation than just you.
4. Giving just the “minimum” amount of effort required to get by without “getting in trouble” doesn’t even cross your mind.
5. Your hard work and excellence is done with pure motives. You are not worried about climbing the ladder or impressing anyone.
6. We is much more important than me. If I win, the team wins. If the team wins, I win.
7. You are willing and motivated to improve daily. Getting better at what you do is not a choice, it’s a requirement.
8. You maintain a high standard of excellence because the team/organization/brand demands it. You don’t want to let anyone else down on the team.
9. The vision compels you to greatness. Not the opposite- “your greatness compelling the vision.” Many leaders get this backwards.
10. Your intentions and goals are clear. I know what I’m getting, you know what you’re providing, and there’s never any concern about any alterior motives.
11. You are trustworthy. 100%. Always with no exceptions. I know I can count on you. You are dependable.
12. You have a constant pursuit of the extraordinary, not ordinary. Constant pursuit of unusual, not usual. Constant pursuit of being the best, not average.
13. You finish. Get the job done. Take projects across the finish line. Make things happen. On your own. When given an assignment, the leader can be assured it will get done with you working on it.
14. You build and create culture, not just consuming or reflecting it. You are part of building the positive atmosphere of the team.
15. You maintain a positive and encouraging environment. No gossip. You criticize in private, and praise in public. You fight and call out cynicism wherever you see it.
16. You anticipate. You understand what needs to be done next before having to be told, and are always looking for ways to make the process better.
17. You implement and live out the vision. You are a vision copycat. Taking on, embodying, and living out the vision and mission of the organization and the leader, helping set and model a cultural standard.
18. You always appropriately challenge those around you and above you. You make your leader and your leaders better. You push the leader, and know how to lead up appropriately and intentionally.
19. You are self aware, and lead yourself first. Your level of authenticity is congruent with your level of ambition and drive. The real you is constantly on display. You don’t need to be managed, and aren’t needy.
20. You are principled. The triple threat of humble, discipline and complete integrity. What you see is what you get. You know it’s not about you. You realize you aren’t “the answer.”