Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, said it succinctly:
“The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths in ways that make weaknesses irrelevant.”
His point is that organizations overcome their weakness and succeed in the long run when they work together in an aligned fashion to leverage their unique strengths in the marketplace.
Given this sound premise, how do business leaders build aligned organizations? Start with building an aligned leadership team. Why? Because there is a direct relationship between a company’s results and how well its leaders are aligned. You find aligned leaders at the helm of top performing companies. At underperforming companies, you find leaders who work in silos, send conflicting messages and create their own paths.
How do business leaders build aligned leadership teams? By recognizing that the leadership team is a key business function that, like all other business functions, needs to be aligned and process-driven. The alignment process needs to bring the top leaders together on a regular basis to improve how they work together, clarify their strategy and drive the organizational alignment they need to achieve their goals and objectives faster and with less friction.
Align Your Leadership Team
Partner & AdvisorChris Edwards is a partner with Trinitas Advisors, an executive coaching firm that helps business leaders build the leadership alignment they need to win more, grow faster and succeed longer. Chris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.