Clearly articulate expectations

The 10 Commandments of Effective Leadership #6 — Clearly Articulate Expectations

Clearly articulate expectations

The 10 Commandments of Effective Leadership #6 – Clearly articulate expectations

The sixth of the ten commandments of effective leadership says “Thou shalt clearly articulate expectations.” So far, I’ve discussed five out of the ten commandments of effective leadership, a teaching by Bishop T.D. Jakes at the 2013 Pastors and Leaders Conference.

Leadership Commandment #5 – Don’t overpromise and under-deliver

Clearly articulate expectations

If you always expect more than what you say, you have no right to be frustrated when people under-perform because you did not clearly articulate your expectations. When you speak an expectation, you know what you meant but that doesn’t mean your follower(s) heard what you said. Leadership Commandment #4 – Don’t avoid confrontation

How to clearly articulate expectations

As a leader, whenever you are giving out expectations and you are counting on someone to deliver based on your conversation, don’t stop the conversation after giving out your expectations. To be sure that your team clearly understood what you expect, have them say back to you what they heard and what they get out of the meeting or the conversations to make sure both of you are on the same page.

When you speak an expectation, you know what you meant but that doesn’t mean your follower(s) heard what you said– T.D. Jakes

The failure of a team or a staff member to deliver what you expect is not with the people, it is because you–the leader–did not clear enough to make them understand what you really want.

Leadership Commandment #3 – Don’t reward nepotism

What other ways can you suggest to help leaders clearly articulate their expectations? Leave your comments below.

Continue to The 10 commandments of Effective Leadership #7.

As the commandments of effective leadership evolve, I will continue to keep this article up to date with emerging principles and best practices. Be sure to subscribe to SajiGroup newsletter to receive notification when I update this leadership commandment.

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