What is Leadership to YOU?
Leaders matter because they drive organisations forward.
I have met many leaders who try to do all these things, 'trying to be all things to all men', but in doing so fail to lead. Leading people must always start by leading yourself, that means by believing in yourself, in your abilities and that your belief motivates and empower your team to perform. GREAT LEADERSHIP IS NOT WHAT A LEADER DOES BUT WHAT THEY INSPIRE OTHERS TO ACHIEVE. This essential first element, a leader's core belief in themselves and what they stand for is the self-branding which other people buy into.
Leadership starts with having a Clear VisionTrue leadership to me is always shown by how a leader develops and owns their vision for their organisation. Having a clear vision which reflects what they stand for, is the most demonstrable way a leader can communicate their core beliefs. Having a vision for the future pulls together a leaders core beliefs as a human person and as a leader. What you stand for, reflected in how leader behaves to others, is the most important value a leader can portray.
The vision a leader demonstrates not only reflects their core beliefs in themselves but more importantly in their team. That faith is reflected in the leader's intent, what they are setting out to do. How bold, how courageous their plan for the organisation is an important element in successful leadership. Many great teams fall apart as people leave, not because of poor leadership in leading people in their role, but due to a lack of inspiring aspiration from the leader. Where leader's change from being aggressive and assertive and play safe and show little aggressive intent, then aspirational teams often breakup as the aspiration breaks down.
3 key Leadership Elements
The 3 Elements In Effective Leadership:
- What you really believe is the essence of who you are? (core beliefs)
- What will you commit to do each and every day to ensure that those core beliefs are demonstrated to your team? (aspiration)
- How will others recognise what you believe in what you do? (actions)
"True leadership skills, and the leaders' character come out when setbacks occur, that's when leaders need to stand up and stand out"
When things don't go according to plan that people look for leadership and look at leaders, not just as a role model but to look at who they really are. Inspiring someone who is succeeding is just management jumping on a bandwagon: leadership is when people are struggling, or failing, and the leader comes to them listens, refocuses them and inspires them to try again with new tools or in new ways and then supports them every step of the way to success.
strategic plan for your organisation. If you are not working ON your business, they you are stuck working IN it.