Modern history has noted many leaders, from Henry Ford to Nelson Mandela, who were all well-studied and quoted.
While they all offer varied strengths to learn from, each were visionaries who stood tall in their moment of time. They each maintained a vision of change and the fortitude to withstand the challenges they faced. They also understood the importance of delegation as many of these visionaries relied on individuals who were experts in their roles.
We all have opportunities to become leaders in our respective industries, communities and families. Leadership comes in many forms, and we find ourselves being leaders and followers in our various roles throughout the day.
Many of us transition smoothly from leader to follower, while others may struggle with their roles. Many of you may have been thrust into leadership responsibilities by circumstances beyond your control and with little guidance or support.
Take a moment RIGHT NOW to answer the following questions:
- Where are you today in your role as a Leader?
- What are the qualities that make you a strong Leader?
- How do others see you as a Leader?
- Why do you want (if you do) to become a better Leader?
- Are you willing to do what it takes to engage in the process of becoming a great Leader?
As a leader in business, it’s important to understand your place and how others perceive your responsibilities and authority before seeking improvements in your role.
Taking the time for self-evaluation is a critical step in the process of understanding how to become a good leader. Part of the self-evaluation is also allowing for an in-depth discovery or vision of where to take your business. Accomplishing this begins with creating space, both time and distance, away from your daily rituals. Pull out your calendar NOW and block an hour for you alone.
Once you have created space and time free of distractions to think expansively, follow the next steps:
- Open your mind and allow for anything that is possible in your thinking and jot down the thoughts you have of the type of leader you want to be.
- Envision yourself in the future and use terminology that places you there. For example; I am so happy and grateful now that I lead my team to greater success
and we are all enjoying the higher profits and happiness in life we desire.
- Seek out individuals who will both challenge and support you and your vision. They become your mastermind group or counsel who you can bounce ideas and they will hold you accountable.
Once you have established where you are as a Leader and have a clear vision of the Next Level of Leadership for you, the final step is ACTION.
Who will help you reach the level of leadership and success you have dreamed about? Surround yourself with the right people in your business that provide you with the leadership leverage needed for substantial growth.
Moving from being a good leader to a GREAT one requires vision, commitment, having a defined plan and the decision to truly invest whatever is needed – time, effort and/or money. Nothing happens unless a decision is made.