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Here is a piece of training I shared with a student this week.
I hope you find it helpful.
How to Become an Ideal Leader
When you are at work, do you get frustrated because things don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be? You see people milling around, but nothing gets accomplished. And in the daily hustle and bustle, do you feel that your goals remain just that – goals. Then maybe it’s time for you to stand up and do something about it.
Most people are content just to stand around listening for orders. And it isn’t unusual to adopt a follow-the-leader mentality. But maybe, somewhere inside of you, you feel the desire to make things happen – to be the head, not the tail. Then perhaps leadership just suits you fine.
Some people believe that great leaders are made, not born. Yes, it may be true that some people are born with natural talents. However, without practice, drive, enthusiasm, and experience, there can be no actual development in leadership.
You must also remember that good leaders continually work and study to improve their natural skills. This takes a commitment to constantly improving in whatever endeavor a person chooses.
First of all, let’s define leadership. To be a leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish a goal or an objective. A Leader contributes to the organization and cohesion of a group.
Contrary to what most people believe, leadership is not about power. It is not about harassing people or driving them using fear. It is about encouraging others towards the goal of the organization. It puts everyone on the same page and helps them see the organization’s big picture. You must be a leader, not a boss.
First of all, you have to get people to follow you. How is this accomplished?
People follow others when they see a clear sense of purpose. People will only follow you if you know where you are going. Remember that bumper sticker? The one that says don’t follow me, I’m lost too? The same holds true for leadership. If you yourself do not know where you’re headed to, chances are people will not follow you at all.
You must know the vision of the organization. Having a clear sense of hierarchy, knowing who the bosses are, who to talk to, the organization’s goals and objectives, and how the organization works are the only way to show others you know what you are doing.
Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It’s about who you are, what you know, and do. You are a reflection of what you’re subordinates must be.
Studies have shown that one other basis of good leadership is the trust and confidence your subordinates have in you. If they trust you, they will go through hell and high water for you and the organization.
Trust and confidence are built on good relationships, trustworthiness, and high ethics.
The way you deal with your people and the relationships you build will lay the foundation for the strength of your group. The stronger your relationship, the stronger their trust and confidence are in your capabilities.
Once you have their trust and confidence, you may now communicate the goals and objectives you are to undertake.
Communication is an essential key to good leadership. Without good communication, you can not be a good leader. The knowledge and technical expertise you have must be clearly imparted to other people.
Also, you can not be a good leader unless you have good judgment. You must be able to assess situations, weigh the pros and cons of any decision, and actively seek out a solution.
It is this judgment that your subordinates will come to rely upon. Therefore, good decision-making is vital to the success of your organization.
Leaders are not do-it-all heroes. You should not claim to know everything, and you should not rely upon your skills alone.
You should recognize and take advantage of your subordinates’ skills and talents. Only when you come to this realization will you be able to work as one cohesive unit.
Remember being a leader takes a good deal of work and time. It is not learned overnight. Remember, also, that it is not about just you. It is about you and the people around you.
So, do you have the drive and the desire to serve required of leaders? Do you have the desire to work cooperatively with other people? Then start now. Take your stand and be a leader today.
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