Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 5
The comparison between anabolic andcatabolic leaders continues with a look at how each type of leader approaches theireveryday circumstances.
Catabolic leaders work in crisis mode.They put out fires, and deal with issues as they arise. This reactivity leads to stress, lack offocus, and a non-productive, frenzied type of atmosphere. They don’t think muchabout where they’re headed, and even if they do, the “big picture” gets lost inthe demands of the moment.
Anabolic leaders, on the other hand,plan ahead. They know exactly what they want to achieve, and have a plan to getthere. Not only do they have a plan (and, as discussed in previous months,share it with others, while participating in the team effort themselves), butthey hold the others involved in the plan accountable for doing what they saidthey will do.
Let’s take a closer look at those twocomponents of anabolic leadership – having a plan, and holding the people involvedin executing it accountable.
It’s often said that “if you don’t knowwhere you’re going, any road will take you there.” The first step in having aplan is creating the vision of where you want to go. That vision is the ideal –but it’s vitally important to realize that getting from where you are to whereyou want to go may not be possible overnight – to get there, you need aroadmap, a plan of action.
Once the plan is decided upon, thecrucial aspect of accountability comes into play. Accountability involveshelping people keep the commitments they make. An anabolic leader creates asystem of checking in with the people who are implementing a plan, to make surethat they’re taking action. And, if they are not taking the agreed upon actionfor some reason, an anabolic leader doesn’t blame, but instead works on helpingthe person get through whatever blocks that need to be broken through.
The skills of creating attainableaction plans and holding people accountable for carrying them out aren’t only usefulin a business environment, but in the home as well. Imagine working with yourchild to create a plan on how to tackle a heavy school workload, and followingup to make sure they take the actions they agreed to, in contrast to yelling atthem to study the night before final exams.
Learning and practicing these twoskills can transform you into the anabolic leader that you would like to be.