Are you hitting the ceiling? Either you are, you have, or you will; hitting the ceiling is inevitable. Hitting the ceiling is that feeling of being stuck, feeling frustrated, feeling as though there is not enough time in the day.

Fortunately, there is hope. The way you break through the ceiling is by mastering the following five leadership abilities:

1. your ability to SIMPLIFY – eliminating complexity and reducing everything to the essential.

  • As an entity grows, so does the amount of information, details, and units. It gets more complex and chaotic.
  • You must dumb it down and keep it simple (KISS).
  • Simplify the messages, processes, structure, vision, and communication.
  • Ask yourself, “Is it as simple as possible?”

2. your ability to DELEGATE – freeing and elevating yourself to do what you do best, and doing the same for every person in your organization.

  • Delegate and elevate to your true skill set.
  • True growth is a series of delegating and elevating.
  • You only have 100 percent of your working time. If it takes 120 percent to do the job well, you must delegate and elevate the extra 20 percent.
  • The people you delegate to and elevate must be the right people in the right seats. They must share your core values, and they must get it, want it, and have the capacity to do the job. If they don’t, you can’t delegate and elevate, and you must solve the people issue first.

3. your ability to PREDICT – choosing the right path, long-term and short-term.

  • You must be strong in both long- and short–term predicting.
  • Long-term predicting is your ability to predict and plan 90 days and beyond.
  • Short-term predicting is your ability to solve all issues on a daily and weekly basis for the greater good of the company (IDS).
  • Otherwise, your organization won’t have direction and the ability to prioritize. Issues will pile up and go unresolved, and things will ultimately implode.

4. your ability to SYSTEMIZE – documenting and getting everyone to follow the essential procedural steps in your company’s core processes.

  • Systemize simply means to document, simplify, and get everyone following your six to ten core processes that make up your “way” of doing business.
  • Document the 20 percent that gets you 80 percent of the results.
  • Simplify your processes by taking out redundant steps and unnecessary steps and incorporating checklists.
  • “Followed by all” means you must train and manage everyone to follow the process – no exceptions.
  • As a result, you will create consistency in your organization. With consistency comes simplicity in management, efficiency, better results, predictability, more enjoyment, and more profitability.
  • You have to systemize the predictable so that you can humanize the exceptional.

5. your ability to STRUCTURE – defining and organizing the “seats” or positions in your organization to reduce complexity and increase clarity, communication and accountability.

  • You must take a big step back, rise above the organization, and see the big picture. As Kurt Gödel said, “You can’t be in a system, while at the same time understanding the system you’re in.”
  • Once you have taken a step back, you must decide what is the right and best way to structure the organization to get to the next level. Forget about people, personalities, and egos.
  • Use the Accountability Chart to determine the right structure for your organization. As a result you will identify all available seats and determine who is accountable for what.
  • Get the right people in the right seats.

When the dust settles from all that’s been written and discussed about leadership tips, leadership competencies and leadership effectiveness, these five skills or abilities will remain as being most necessary. Focus on these and I assure you, you will break through the ceiling and see your company advance to the next level.

To learn more about each ability, schedule a free 90 minute meeting with a Professional EOS Implementer.

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