Learn what it takes to become a good, successful leader.
One of the most pertinent questions ever made about leadership revolves around the idea of it being born as a natural skill or made throughout life-changing experiences. Is there such thing as a natural leader? Does one have to have charisma or inspiring history to be considered as a one?
Proven time and time again that anyone with a heart to serve and promote good examples can be a leader. However, exemplary leadership is not something easily acquired overnight. It has to be cultured through constant learning from certain obstacles faced along the way.
Below are five fundamentals that are an excellent basis for outstanding leadership. These will help you:
- Understand good leadership through embracing and celebrating your full potential
- Envision yourself as a great leader in ten years
- Understand how baseball players are good examples of learning from the past encounters
Fundamental #1: Believe in yourself and never stop learning.
Ever heard the phrase, 'born to be a leader'? A pretty typical expression used to compliment someone leading a group. However, does it mean a person should have a gift of being a real leader to be eventually one?
Leaders arose or have been plucked out of different masses regardless of race, family background, or bank accounts over time. Thus, anyone can be in the makings of a good leader if one wishes to be.
If you have been through some challenges in your life and have endured it, then chances are you have developed the right mindset to deal with adversities-a great trait of a leader.
Here, why don't you try and ask yourself these questions before you start your day to get to know the leader asleep within your soul:
- Who are you?
- What do you do?
- How do you make a difference?
- What will you do today that would matter?
Jot down the answers and use them as your daily motivation to remind yourself of who you indeed are and what you aim to contribute to this society crowded with selfishness.
If you work hard enough, open yourself up to new learning, and crave for knowledge yet undiscovered by yourself, then you are on your way to the top!
Believe David Maister's testimony about how constant learning and pursuing of new information has made him develop high customer retention.
Fundamental #2: Stay focused on the future and how you can help your team succeed.
To be a good leader, one must keep an eye on the present time and another on the future. It is essential to focus on what lies ahead without losing attention for what's currently taking in place. This is no Science. You do not need any laboratory to make this happen. Nor a crystal ball to execute futuristic thinking.
Preparation is a key to weather whatever circumstances threw your leadership way. By doing so, you do not risk a legacy of a real leader.
Imagine how your surrounding is going to change in the next ten years. Then imagine how big you wish your team to expand over such course of time. What will your team need to be more active? WIll you need advanced tools and versatility to keep a good team going? Any new learning you can acquire to be an active leader?
Take Alan Daddow's testimony for instance. He used to help run the Australian Agriculture Business Elders where he realized what being a good leader accurately was for him, and it has nothing to do with himself but the effectiveness of his team and how he could maximize it as their leader.
Never allow fear hold you from something meaningful for your leadership, and if you ever have, do not accept defeat yet. It is not too late to get out there and overcome what scares you.
A leader should not know the warmth and succor of a comfort zone. On the contrary, he must learn to challenge himself every day as life will do the same favor.
Take a baseball player for example. One can play around a total of 162 games every season. If the team wins at least half of these numbers, then it is considered as a good season. An average of 25 percent is the most decent a baseball player can bat, which means striking out 75 percent of the time.
Handling disappointments and failures should never be a roadblock to your success to be a good leader. Instead of letting defeat take you down or the fear of losing hold you back, why not challenge yourself to do better? Acknowledge that you had room for improvement and continuously work on it.
It does sound a bit unnerving, yes, but taking those steps with trembling knees is far better than accepting loss over fear. Instead, change your perception of fear. Make it a positive feeling rather the opposite. View it as a feeling that signals you of something high on the other side of the bridge, waiting for you to discover it.
Fundamental #4: Be open and receptive to the help and feedback of others.
Leadership is not a path of solitude and sorrow. You are welcome to seek support as much as you need it. Moreover, that is something you ought to know early on.
Arrogance, fear of rejection, and pride are three of those unnecessary mentalities for an excellent leader, especially when seeking help. You are free to look up to a mentor and embrace supporters at the same time without losing your sense of leadership or getting rusty.
If you have watched an awards night even just once, you might have noticed how recipients of prestigious awards would come to the stage and start thanking numerous people who helped makes the achievement possible.
If you still have reservations about it, think of George Vaillant, a Harvard Psychology Professor who focused on the world's most extensive continuous study of mental and physical health. His research supported a finding that the most vital part of life if one wishes to have good health is to have relationships with other.
Do not let stiff mind over constructive criticism hinders you from a great support team who can bring out the better leader in you. Use those given suggestions by your hand-picked trusted supporters as a tool to improve and be better.
Fundamental #5: Have a daily practice in place to ensure continued learning.
Aiming to be the most excellent leader in your generation as soon as possible is a very typical approach to leadership. In fact, it is considered as the dream by every single one aiming to lead. However, it is ideal and highly recommended to take your time-as much time as you would need to develop exemplary leadership.
Do not take the shortcut to success when it comes to leading people. Bear in mind that Practice, Practice, and More Practice are the three proven steps of mastering every single skill set or role there is.
Another thing to never take for granted is your weakness. Yes, everyone has flaws and it is entirely reasonable and expected. Embrace your faults and work for the betterment.
Be open to feedback, criticisms, and suggestions. Do not let those helpful comments dishearten you or weaken your beliefs about yourself. Instead, take heart and use those as your inspiration to bounce back higher as a better leader than you were. Also, be grateful that you get to improve through that feedback.
Take the time you need to progress. It would be much appreciated by those who look up to you than watch you fail through short-lived successes.
There are Leadership Development Programs you can consider. A great example is the at the University of Delaware where Nick Martin and Georgia DiMatteo discovered that Nick was exemplary at challenging himself for the better but he needed motivation. On the other hand, Georgia realized that she was doing well at motivation, but the opposite when it comes setting challenges.
Knowing these, the two agreed to help each other in their weaknesses. Having an accountability partner can be a useful way to motivate and keep your shortcomings addressed accordingly and adequately.
The CEO of Baxter International, Harry Kraemer, set aside 15 to 30 minutes daily to reflect on what he had accomplished that day to figure out the kind of effect he inflicted on others and himself. He did this daily routine for 35 years.
Look forward to the times your knowledge gets improved with new learning and additional skills added, and dread the times you lose your will and openness to education because that is when failure starts entering the scene.
Remember, change is constant, and there are a lot of discoveries and advancement being known to men every single day. Do not let yourself ever get behind to make sure your team always stays ahead.
Consider having an accountability partner who can help you improve. Trust and be trusted so you can form a bond that would be healthy enough to keep you focused on your goals rather than deflates your will over time.
Be open about your goals and never think that they are ridiculous for being too ambitious because real leaders are. You are more than capable of reaching them at your own pace and on your own time.