Leadership – Lead with Confidence & Skill
“The successful leader must understand, and apply, the principle of cooperative effort and be able to induce his followers to do the same.” ~ Napoleon Hill
Following on from our August theme of Meaningful Conversations and confidence, Master-Mind Alliance in September focused on Leadership. Napoleon Hill dedicated a good portion of his Organized Planning chapter in Think & Grow Rich to leadership. Subsequently there have been some terrific books dedicated to the topic. Two that had a significant impact on me are “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” by John Maxwell and “The West Point Way of Leadership” by Col. Larry R. Donnithorne. These are very different books looking at leadership from different perspectives although some common themes clearly emerge.
In our businesses, why is leadership important? What if you are a sole proprietor with no employees?
Well, without the cooperation of others, it would be difficult to operate your enterprise successfully. Even a sole proprietor has others working with them – accountants, consultants, CLIENTS, etc. These people are all looking for you to lead them.
When it comes to employees, when polled, a huge percentage of them said they hate their jobs and would quit in a millisecond if they didn’t need the money. Conversely, workers that are well lead and highly motivated said they liked their jobs.
Good leaders believe:
• Every person can be competent in almost anything
• Every person’s greatest growth potential is in their greatest strength
• Every person’s least growth potential is in their greatest weakness
• Every person’s talents are enduring and unique.
In addition good leaders must have 3 fundamental qualities:
What are the people you lead looking for that will help them like their job?
• Clarity – they want to know exactly what it is you want them to do and
where it is you are going.
• Coaching – they are looking for opportunities to express their
• Significance – they want to feel they matter and that they make a
• Growth – they want to stretch themselves
• Belonging – they want to feel connected and validated
This means your number one task as a leader is to BE CLEAR – to be sure everyone (inside and outside your enterprise) knows where you are now, where you are going and how you plan to get there. You achieve this by communicating as frequently as necessary; being direct and to the point; listening as much as speaking and acting on what you hear; doing what you say will do and never, ever, bad-mouth anyone.
It also helps to show your people that you care – get to know them, ask them about their goals & ambitions, find out their kids names and show a genuine interest in their lives. Spending just 5 minutes a week with each of your key employees talking about goals (theirs and yours) will make a world of difference in their commitment level.
“As a leader…there will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward.” ~ John Maxwell
So as a leader be clear on, and follow, your Vision; do the right things at the right time. Your commitment to the task will be infectious to your followers and will ultimately lead them, and you, to a DONE Business more quickly.
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