Great leadership doesn't require a diploma or a degree. It's not reserved for some elite group of people.
Leadership can be something for everyone to embrace, from administrative assistant to janitor to manager to CEO. However, it requires a shift in your mindset, an understanding of your identity, and a realization that you influence and impact people on a daily basis through the ways you communicate, manage and relate to others.
Maybe it's time for you to step up, to take action and be that leader you are called to be- one who serves in the benefit of those under your care.
What Does Great Leadership Look Like?Leadership is about so much more than strategy, operations and marketing. It's about discovering and understanding each other’s potential (as well as your own) and finding ways to tap into that resource which is something many neglect to do.
From presidents to generals to sports coaches, the best leaders are often the ones who look outside their own field of endeavor to discover how true, universally successful leaders think.
For example, take John Quincy Adams who said:
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Or Lao Tzu who suggested:
A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Such leadership styles emphasize on encouraging and championing the efforts and passion of those around them into the places where their brilliance can shine. Great leadership is intentional in recognizing the untapped energy, ambition and passion of others. As a result, there is an encouragement to grow and thrive.
How to Inspire Leadership
Trust. Leaders need to create trust. If your words and actions are just lip service, everyone around you will know and steer clear. Avoiding flavor-of-the-month buzz words can go a long way to proving you are genuine.
Understanding. Leadership empowerment is not an event. It is a way of being that, with specific strategies, will allow those around you to make decisions that directly affect their job. Leaders need to consider how their decisions may affect those around them.
Clear boundaries. When the leader is away, what decisions can staff make? Remember, assigning responsibility without authority can be a leadership killer. Make sure everyone knows who is leading whom. If you're an employee, make sure you get clear direction before assuming responsibility.
Encouragement. Second guessing the decisions of staff that have been given the authority to make those decisions undermines the entire process. Will mistakes be made? Of course. But shoot down an employee and see if anyone ever steps up with a critical idea or decision that takes the company's success to the next level.
Empowering employees is a powerful way to motivate staff. It allows them to get passionate about challenges and inspires them to step up with new ideas. It's a win-win situation. Left uninterrupted, this cycle repeats, encouraging passionate and skilled people to step up and make decisions about how to best serve customers or clients, which ultimately benefits the bottom line.
Which of the areas above do you need to develop or grow?
If you need help determining how well you lead and ways you could improve your skills, I’d love to help. I provide leadership and executive coaching. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation.