First Class Leadership: Dishing Out Tier Two Actions

Filed in Leaders & People by on June 3, 2010 0 Comments

In a world full of social media, it’s important to realize that actions actually do speak louder than words.  It’s OK to say that you’re going to complete a project or post a great blog entry but until you do it, your words mean very little.  It’s the actions that make or break a social media strategy.  How well can you engage your followers and show them value beyond the occasional tweet or @reply?  How can you show your Facebook fans that you care and not just tell them?

Your social media campaign requires action in order to be successful.  In the same token, your quest for leadership development needs action to make a difference – tier two action.

You’re probably wondering, “tier two action?”  Well, actions can be broken down into two types, or tiers.  First, you have standard, or tier one, actions.  Tier one actions would be putting in a good word for someone, giving someone a deal on a specific item, or just engaging in deep conversation.  Tier two actions are a step above; they help people.  An example of a tier two action would be giving someone advice on how to deal with a struggle at work or at home.

In a nutshell, tier two actions deliver your knowledge and expert wisdom to another person, thus imparting your abilities in their life.  In a sense, you’re spreading the word about something great and you’re influencing someone in hope that they will be great one day.

First Class Leaders don’t just sit in their seats all day and keep all of their knowledge and guidance to themselves.  No, they share it and they do it willingly.  First Class Leaders make tier two actions a part of their day-to-day routine, whether its at home, the gym, or the office.

So, why should you become a First Class Leader and spread your knowledge?  Because, after all, if you spread the information you’ve gathered through the years to someone else, that means you’re in competition for jobs, promotions, and bonuses, right?  Yes, that’s true but it’s not the end all be all of leadership.

A leader doesn’t read books in order to get the next promotion or snag the highest bonus.  Sure, those are positive consequences of becoming a good leader but they aren’t, or they shouldn’t be, the only reason to develop your leadership potential.

The reason you should develop your leadership potential is because you know that you have more to offer the world.  You know that you can have an influence on the lives of others, your company, and global society if you become a leader.  There is no comparing a one-time bonus to changing the face of a company.  First Class Leaders develop themselves in order to develop others through tier two actions.

Now that you’re convinced you need to start dishing out tier two actions, here are a few ways to get started:

  • Seek out people who need your help.  You’re a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in some area and there are sure to be people who aren’t.  Connect with them and make a difference.
  • Freely give your feedback in meetings and in focus groups.  Show the other members of the meeting that you care and that you want to help.
  • Share best practices with your team or office.  Have a quick way of doing the reports?  Share your method with everyone else and see what happens.
  • Become a mentor with someone, even if it’s out of the office.  You might become a mentor to a teenager, a struggling student, or a recent college grad.  Give back to someone.

I just named a few ways of showing tier two actions but there are so many more.  Think about showing you care through two tier two actions this week.  See how they pan out.  If nothing happens because of your hard work, try again and don’t give up.  Be a First Class Leader and take the next step – touch the world with tier two actions.

Eric Alpin is the Associate Editor of Folk Media and works for a telecommunications company in Baltimore, Md. He is a social media enthusiast, blogger, writer, and student with a passion for leadership and self-development strategies and techniques. Find out more about Eric on Twitter.

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