What’s in Your Toolbox?


Let’s have a toolbox talk!

This practice is typically known as a safety meeting to address specific safety issues, potential hazards and best practices related to the job at hand.

While I’m not tightening nuts and bolts, I am about to delve into the tools essential for securing the success of your leadership role.

Here are the six tools that every business leader should have at their disposal:

  1. Communication Wrench:

The ability to communicate effectively is the cornerstone of leadership. Just as a wrench tightens loose nuts and bolts, clear and concise communication tightens the bonds within a team. Leaders who can articulate their vision and expectations foster a collaborative environment where everyone is on the same page.

  1. Decision-Making Hammer:

Leadership often involves making tough decisions. Think of a decision-making hammer—swift and purposeful. Effective leaders weigh options, consider consequences, and strike with confidence. Indecisiveness can lead to stagnation, while decisive actions propel the team forward.

  1. Adaptability Screwdriver:

In our rapidly changing world, adaptability is key. Like a versatile screwdriver, you must be able to pivot and adjust to unforeseen circumstances.  Leading a team through uncertainty is a valuable skill that keeps the machinery of progress running smoothly.

  1. Team Building Tape Measure:

Do you know how to measure the strengths and areas that need improvement in your team members? Like a tape measure, assessing and understanding individual capabilities allows you to build a cohesive and high-performing team. Recognizing unique talents and providing the right support is crucial for success.

  1. Empathy Pliers:

Empathy is the force that binds a team together. Just as pliers provide a firm but gentle grip, you need to connect with your team members on a personal level. Understanding the challenges and aspirations of each team member fosters a positive and inclusive work environment.

  1. Visionary Level:

A visionary level is your compass—it provides direction. Successful leaders have a clear vision for the future, inspiring their team to work toward common goals. A strong sense of purpose motivates individuals and unifies the team in pursuit of a shared vision.

Leadership is a craft that demands a well-stocked toolbox. Hone in on these essential skills—communication, decision-making, adaptability, team building, empathy, and vision—to build a professional landscape with a resilient and successful team.

So, ask yourself: What’s in your toolbox?