Leaders Create Leaders: What Is Leadership?
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In today’s world we’re seeing a huge shift of values. When you observe younger people graduating from college and joining the workforce for the first time, you see an ever changing world that differs from the one in which I or your parents grew up. When I entered school, educational platforms were preparing us more for an employment-based work-life, lacking any leadership education.
Fortunately, that has changed for the students of today who bring a new perspective to the very idea of leadership — not just in the workplace, but also across society in general.
TYPES OF LEADERSHIP
Let’s discuss the three kinds of leadership and what they mean for the future of work:
- Leadership of self
- Leadership of others
- Shared Leadership
LEADERSHIP OF SELF
Millennials are at the forefront of a leadership of self movement. The idea is simply that we endeavor to become more in touch with who we are, what we’re capable of and what we want out of life.
Leadership of self is to think deeply about what we do and how we can do it better. It’s about taking on modern life with a sort of holistic state of mind, bringing together our emotional and physical health, dedication to effective communication and personal and professional relationships. In short, while we certainly must possess and celebrate the right to a formal education, we must also commit ourselves to the responsibility to educate ourselves.
“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
— General Montgomery
LEADERSHIP OF OTHERS
Leadership of others is the ability to influence people in order to get things done, to encourage and lift others up. Good leadership is strongly associated with employees engagement in a company. Disengaged employees strongly impact the company’s sales and customer retention negatively.
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
— Sam Walton
Shared Leadership = Shared Prosperity is where people within one team lead each other. It involves a shift of responsibility from a single leader to distributed leadership, which evokes a higher degree of collaboration and especially to more opportunities. They benefit from motivating each other, holding each other accountable and filling each other gaps.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
— John C Maxwell
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LEADER
To be a successful leader, you should be someone who:
- Identifies The Opportunity and Pictures The Desired Outcome
- Establishes The Right Attitudes
- Provides the Resources and Reinforces progress
Identifies The Opportunity and Pictures The Desired Outcome
Multiple opportunities arise for yourself, the company, and for the people on your team. Prioritizing becomes essential in order not to overwhelm people. One of the most important concepts is having a vision and a sense of ownership. Without that sense of ownership, motivation may be lost.
Establishes The Right Attitudes
Without the right attitude we waste time just overcoming resistance. We need to create an atmosphere where people are consistently motivated at high-performance levels. This includes having great communication skills and actively listening to others. If people aren’t aware of your expectations, and they fall short, it’s really your fault for not expressing it to them
Provides the Resources and Reinforces Progress
You aren’t a Hypocrite. You are a person of Honesty, Integrity, Transparency. You speak up and speak the truth. You provide the tools necessary and encourage others by lifting them up and providing positivity and rewards.
“Leadership is not magnetic personality; that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people;’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”
— Peter F. Drucker
Leaders are necessary for navigating passions and ensuring success. Don’t let NO stop you. Failure is part of the journey and obstacles are detours in the right direction.
You are worthy of influence and leadership. Claim your worthiness! My message for for you today: Be the CEO that your mom wanted you to marry.
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