Leader Vitality is a construct that emerged from Dr. Tom Harvey's doctoral research. The spirit and philosophy behind this exciting leadership concept anchors our professional mission to move family business owners to greater satisfaction and prosperity through the development of leadership practices and structures critical to the demands of the 21st century workplace.
Passion. Professionally Vital Leaders are directed by an authentic sense of purpose that extends beyond self-interest. They are motivated by the desire to increase productivity and profit, but also by a desire to make positive lasting difference through their work and in their lives.
Vigor. Professionally Vital Leaders draw upon seemingly limitless supplies of energy released during vigorous pursuit of personal and professional goals. Their zest is manifested through their mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual energies.
Facility. Professionally Vital Leaders are masters of their lives and their crafts. They have a special capacity for blending their intellectual, technical and human abilities in ways that allow them to handle any situation with relative ease. They draw upon well-established beliefs and values to guide their behavior and decisions. They skillfully combine these values and beliefs with their individual interests, talents and styles, to form unique 'brands' that define how they will be perceived by others at work and in life.
Satisfaction. Professionally Vital Leaders are productive, influential, balanced, successful and satisfied leaders who have learned how to use personal power and positive influence to make significant contributions to the betterment of their organizations and communities, and their own lives.
Common Commitment. Vital Leadership Teams share a common commitment to the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Measurable Goals. Vital Leadership Teams focus on a set of key goals that are aligned with their organization's mission, vision and values and regularly monitored and revised.
Clearly Defined Roles. Vital Leadership Team members have clearly defined roles and responsibilities that are communicated across the organization and are consistent with actual work behavior.
Productive Meetings. Vital Leadership Team meetings are purposeful, well organized and structured, and highly productive.
Accountability Standards. Vital Leadership Team members hold themselves and each other accountable by closely monitoring individual team and organizational performance and evaluating it against clearly stated goals and standards.
Problem-Solving Processes. Vital Leadership Teams have clear and agreed upon protocols and procedures for making important decisions and solving critical problems.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Vital Leadership Team members build trusting, open relationships with each other, and they communicate openly and effectively.
Vital Purpose. All members share a commitment to successfully carry out the mission, realize the vision and adhere to organizational values. Everyone owns a stake in the organization's successes and failures.
Vital Engagement. Members are committed to adding value through their efforts. They are enthusiastic about their work and enjoy each other's company and maintain a healthy career- life balance. Their work gives them a feeling of satisfaction. They hold themselves and each other accountable, and recognize and celebrate success.
Vital Attitudes and Behavior. The prevailing attitudes and behavior reflect adaptability, tolerance, cooperation, understanding, a positive attitude and professionalism. Behaviors that reflect inflexibility, bigotry, divisiveness, hostility, negativity and lack of integrity are called out and rejected.
Vital Competence. Members stay well informed about the knowledge and skills associated with their crafts and demonstrate social and emotional intelligence.
Vital Communication. Communication within the organization is timely, open, honest, and includes all relevant stakeholders.
Vital Relationships. Members feel they are part of one large high-functioning team, while also engaging as team players in smaller interconnected teams. The culture reflects professionalism, camaraderie, common commitment, mutual care and support, trust and goal-action orientation.
Vital Leadership. Vital organizations are filled with a community of vital leaders who are part of a leadership structure that creates, supports and sustains all the qualities described above.
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