Meet your partners in change

Linda Kiedrowski

Crafting Greatness with 3D Leadership
Kelly Rudy - President

“Leaders aren’t born, they’re made. And they are made just like anything else: through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi got this half right. Some people ARE born leaders, possessing a charisma and confidence sometimes well beyond their years. However, even natural leaders need to constantly improve and hone their skills to be truly effective.

With the right attitude and drive, everyone can learn to be a better leader.

The most gifted among us don’t become experts without regular doing, discipline and development.This professional trifecta is what we like to call 3D Leadership.

The 3D Leadership consists of:

  1. Doing – Achievement and Practice
  2. Discipline – Process
  3. Development – Continuing Education

To become a strong business leader, each one of these items is equally important. Think of leadership like a train. Doing is the force it takes to leave the station; discipline keeps you on track and gets you to your destination, and development is the fuel that keeps you moving forward.

Doing – Achievement doesn’t just happen… it takes practice.

  • First, you really need to understand yourself and what motivates you or, conversely, what deters you.
  • You then need to understand exactly what it is that you want. This is where a SWOT analysis may come in handy.
  • Next, you need to set SMART goals; meaning they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Then, follow by preparing your daily, weekly, monthly or yearly action plan.
  • Once you implement your plan, review it regularly to make sure it’s pointing you toward progress—update accordingly to account for any change in priorities.

Discipline – promotes productivity and stability.

Whether working in a group or on your own, discipline can be a great motivational tool. Accomplishment and checking items off on your task list is very motivational for you and your team. The goal isn’t to turn into a robot but, rather, to strive for a higher level of functionality and productivity. Developing a disciplinary process in your daily work life can help you set clear, achievable goals and a reasonable timeline to meet those expectations. There are several tools you can use for support and guidance as you cultivate your new approach to self-discipline. One of the best is Stephen Covey’s Four Quadrants of Important and Urgent.

Development – Continuing education is a crucial step to continuous improvement.

Committing to higher education ensures you have the skills and competencies needed to succeed and contribute to your company’s growth. As you apply new education to your job, you find ways to make your company more innovative and profitable. Introduce new strategies that improve productivity through implementation of new methods and technologies. Because of the added value continuing education provides, you’ll feel more fulfilled and have a better chance for advancement within your organization. A leader is, first and foremost, a member of a team. With a foundation of achievement, discipline and continuing education, effective leaders accomplish these four things:

Promote Community – Good leaders encourage input and suggestions from their team. This helps make every team member feel important and gets everyone invested in the success of the project.

Encourage Teamwork– When people come together to achieve a single goal, those projects come together quickly and more efficiently. Leading a team of unified thinkers boosts your output and improves your outcome.

Spread Motivation – Motivated employees turn out a higher level of quality work. When you motivate your team through clear communication and trustworthy leadership, your team members become more diligent, creative and productive.

Create Stability – Times of confusion or stress offer great opportunities to develop your leadership skills. Clear communication and consistent behavior on your part keeps your team calm and focused. The ability to know what to say and what to do at the appropriate times is critical to the stability of your team.

The three pillars of Paranet’s 3D Leadership establish business-building skill sets for future leaders in the manufacturing industry. If you’re looking to improve your organizational or supervisory skills, we can help you turn your flickering brilliance and raw talent into fine-tuned leadership machine.

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