What is leadership?
Imagine you’re sitting in a conference room with your team mates at work and in walks someone you’ve never met before. This person says, “Hi, I’m your new leader.” What questions immediately come to mind that you would want to ask this person?
The word “leadership” can bring to mind a variety of images. For example:
- A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause.
- An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his group to follow.
- An executive, developing her company’s strategy to beat the competition.
Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.
In this article, we’ll focus on the process of Ten truths to be exact that start with us leaders.
1.You Make A Difference
Before you can lead, you have to believe that you can have a positive impact on others. You have to believe in yourself. That’s where it all begins. Leadership begins when you believe you can make a difference.
2. Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership
You have to believe in you, but others have to believe in you, too. What does it take for others to believe in you? Short answer. Credibility. If people don’t believe in you, they won’t willingly follow you.
3. Your values drive commitment.
Your people want to know what you stand for and believe in, and that your values align with theirs. And leaders need to know what others value if they are going to be able to forge alignments between personal values and organizational demands.
4. You have vision.
Focusing on the future and having a long-term perspective sets leaders apart. You imagine and articulate exciting possibilities for your followers.
5. You know you can’t do it alone.
Being surrounded with support and talent, and engaging the team in pursuing the cause sets you apart. While that sounds obvious enough, the difference in the research is that great leaders are obsessed with what is best for others, not what is best for themselves
6. You give trust before you get trust.
If you have to rely on a team, trust is the social glue that holds the team together. And the level of trust your people have in you will determine the amount of influence you have. The key? Earn their trust before they’ll be willing to trust you.
7. You welcome challenges.
Great accomplishments don’t happen when you keep things the same. Change involves challenge, and challenge tests you. Great leaders step up to the challenge and come face-to-face with their level of commitment. A great challenge will reveal your grittiness and mindset about change.
8. You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all.
Leaders have to keep their promises and become role models for the values and actions they espouse. You can’t ask others to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself. And, you admit mistakes and learn from them.
9. You are a great learner.
You have to believe that you can become a better leader tomorrow than you are today. This takes constant improvement, practice, feedback, good coaching, and a willingness on your part to ask for support.
10. You are motivated by love.
That four-letter word can be off-putting in the business world, but not so much for true leaders. You love your employees, customers, and the mission you are serving. Since leadership is an affair of the heart, you are motivated by the love that energizes you to give much to others. You just won’t work hard enough to become great if you aren’t doing what you love.