Unlocking the Three-fold Secret to Great Leadership
Physicists have been looking to figure out a ‘Grand Unified Theory’ that describes how the universe works. If they can describe the universe, surely effective leadership can also be described. In fact, there are three factors that describe what successful leadership looks like.
“What do leaders do differently?” They go about accomplishing three things: They set the right priorities, get the right people in the right roles, and then, make the relationships work. ‘PWR’ is an acronym for ‘priorities’, ‘who’ and the ‘relationships’. On a scale of one to ten, score your right priorities, the right people in the right roles and to what extent do the relationships work? Then, you have three numbers out of 10. Multiply them together and you obtain a score out of 1,000. That is the PWR score. Understand in detail below –
Best leaders are very good at setting priorities, which actually means saying no to things. It’s like looking at all your potential goals and saying, ‘Which are the three, four or five that really matter?’ Five really is the absolute limit of priorities that we as humans can process and remember. Then communicate it constantly throughout the organization.
Most leadership theories focus on behaviors and traits, and how you should show up as a leader, and that’s all very important in leadership. Getting coordinated, and then working to help the team commit, and challenging them — these three levers really seem to be the big ones that form the relationships where one plus one equals five, and you get that multiplier effect in terms of results.
The hardest one is the ‘W’ - the who, which is hiring the right people, removing people, shifting people around on your team to make sure you’ve got the right people matched to the right priorities. Leaders put the actual energy into hiring the right people, thinking about mapping their team to the right priorities.
The beauty of the PWR score is that it highlights areas where you have an issue. It becomes an enormously clarifying vehicle for identifying issues and focusing in on those issues that will drive results. And research shows that if you can drive the P, the W and the R, you will get results, those who do all three well are easily twice as successful as the average leader, and 20 times more successful than leaders who don’t do any of those three things. So, what’s your PWR score?