The ‘full’ keys to leadership
Friday, September 05, 2014
What is a leader's purpose? Does he or she sit in their office and let the team or organization run itself? What must a leader do to be fully engaged in being a leader?
It starts with attitude. John Maxwell states, "…the attitude of a leader affects the atmosphere of the office."
It is how you handle yourself and a situation. Exude confidence to follow through on your actions and decisions.
John Maxwell further indicates, "The true measure of leadership is influence…nothing more, nothing less." In other words, influence is what makes a leader. A leader must not only be confident, but also be humble. They do not need to know everything, but must be able to discern how to make a good decision.
The glass half-full leader is someone who uses his or her authority to undermine not only his or her people, but also the organization. They do not want to listen when there are problems, but it is only their way that is correct.
Real leaders earn trust from others and want to listen and learn from their mistakes. The glass half-full leader tends to convey unclear visions, leads from behind and never wants to face what is really happening throughout the organization.
A true leader will develop character and look within themselves. On the other hand, the glass half-full leader will display negativity, and does not engage others. This lack of confidence not only hurts the leader but its people and ultimately the organization.
A leader uses knowledge to help them understand what is going on around them. On the other side, if you do not use knowledge it is harder to formulate a vision and get it implemented. In turn, it will cause frustration and no one will listen to you.
Leaders are accountable not only to themselves but to others. They should not shirk responsibility; otherwise, the organization cannot function properly. Thus, no one will want to follow, and no one will be held accountable.
Leaders have to be effective, and be able to connect with others. If you do not know how to connect, nothing will be done and you will never earn a person's trust.
Finally, believe not only in yourself but also in the team and the organization. John Maxwell states, "It's one thing to communicate to people because you believe you have something of value to say. It's another to communicate with people because you believe they have value."
The value of a person is the cornerstone of true leadership. This will enable better communication, gain the trust of others, and will go a long way in leaving true legacy to be followed.
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