When we talk about leadership we are transferring concepts outward so that we begin to affect others around us and improve their lives as well.
One brief note: Many times people mistakenly define leaders as those who hold high profile positions such as the President or the leader of a large social movement. But leadership is so much more than that. Anyone who has a role in shaping the lives of others needs to develop leadership skills, whether it is a parent or a small business owner, or the CEO of a large multi-national corporation. And, surprisingly, most leadership principles are highly transferable between a broad cross-section of leadership situations.
So, plant this thought in your mind: You are a leader and you can grow in your leadership position, so that you can effectively lead the group around you, no matter what size it is!
This is what we are covering on the topic of Leadership:
1. The Foundational Principles of Leadership and Developing a Powerful Vision.
2. Character: The Core of Leadership and Leadership Mistakes to Avoid.
3. Skills Needed for Effective Leadership and Developing Other Leaders in Your Organization
4. Becoming the Best Leader You Can Be – Taking Care of Yourself as the Leader and Motivating Those Who Follow You – In Good Times and Tough Times.
Top 10: Ways to Lead by Example
Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.
- Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
- Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
- Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
- Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your team to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
- Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company or team.
- Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.
- Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
- Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.
- Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!
- Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company.