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Leadership Radar (part 3)


Leadership Radar (part 3)

Using Leadership Radar to Find Changes

Radar (in its electronic form) sends out radio signals and receives echoes off of objects to determine distance, direction, and position of an object.

Leadership Radar only works if you send out a signal to detect what is going on around you to find changes that may have occurred. The “signal” you send out in your environment involves using your senses.  

Leadership Radar involves using your senses:

  • Sight – looking with your eyes at statistics, how things are going, the people around you and the environment.
  • Sound – listening with your ears to tone of voice, laughter, silence, or other noises.
  • Smell – smelling with your nose for scents around the office.
  • Speech – using your voice to speak with others and asking questions to clarify any thoughts or perceptions you may have. This is important so you don’t mistakenly think or assume something that is not true.
  • Thought – thinking about how you feel, thinking about how another appears to feel. Make sure you use your speech to ask and confirm how others feel.
  • Perception or “feeling” – perceiving how you are feeling and perceiving how another person is doing or feeling. Make sure you use your speech to ask and confirm how others feel.
  • Taste – please don’t go around tasting people. That is just gross.

How to use Leadership Radar to find changes

Using your senses every day – all the time is essential to the success of a working Leadership Radar. If you are tired, hungover, hungry (hangry), distracted, mentally somewhere else, or are otherwise occupied – then you are not using your Leadership Radar to its full capacity.

You have to be present. You have to be there. You have to pay attention to yourself and those around you and the environment for Leadership Radar to work well. 

  • Sight. You have to use your sight to look at things at all times. How do things look? Has something changed?
  • Sound. You have to listen. How do things sound? Has something changed?
  • Smell. You have to smell. How do things smell? Has something changed?
  • Speech. You have to talk to others. How are they doing? What do they tell you? Has something changed?
  • Thought. You have to think about how you feel. How do they seem to feel? Did you confirm how they are doing by asking? Has something changed?
  • Perception. What do you perceive? How do things seem? Did you confirm how they are doing by asking? Has something changed?