3 Leadership traits to embrace when the time is right

Leadership is a word that is thrown around loosely by many.  Most of us intuitively know what leadership is, and we also know what things are like when leadership is absent from a situation.  While listening to another wonderful message from my pastor, David Cassidy, yesterday I thought that these three terms he used in his sermon might be good cornerstones for a short post on traits that leaders need to embrace when the situation is right. 

  • Commission
  • Submission
  • Omission

Let me dive a little deeper into each of these and the context of when to utilize them.

Leaders need to utilize Commission when the time to act is right.  I have seen many circumstances where leaders have been afraid or wary of taking action, and it has been my experience that taking action is usually superior to not doing anything when a situation needs to be addressed.  One of the most common areas to practice commission is when an employee needs to be redirected or given feedback.  So often I see leaders let the incorrect behavior fester and provide a negative environment for those affected by the misbehaving person.  Leaders need to commit to take action when the timing is appropriate.  Waiting can be devastating for all involved.

Submission is a word I don’t often see used when leadership is addressed, but leaders need to learn when to submit in a variety of instances.  One of the traits I see few leaders employ is to submit to others when the other party has the ability to move forward or take action.  For leaders who have trouble delegating, submission is something they need to practice more and more.  When a leader does not delegate, the remove a developmental opportunity from others around them they can submit or delegate to.  Submission is not a bad thing, but it needs to be practiced at the right time.

Omission is also a trait that is not often used when leadership is discussed.  I see omission as being the practice of knowing what you should not do as well as what you should be doing.  One of the key points in strategy is just this, knowing what you should pursue as well as what to say No to.  Great leaders can selectively omit opportunities that deter from the focus that their teams or organizations will need in order to be successful.  How often have you seen a leader take on a cause or initiative that spreads their limited resources to projects that are not in the current focus or strategy?  I think this is a common occurrence and one that needs to be addressed sooner versus later.

Commission, Submission and Omission are key attributes for every leader to have.

Knowing when to use each of them is even more important!