Keys to Leadership that Breed Success - Every Time
Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Your effectiveness as a leader will be tied solely to this statement made by Marian Anderson. Leaders know that to lead well, you must understand the people you are leading. It is therefore imperative that you take time to invest in those people. To understand not only their needs, but how they view you and your leadership style. And once discerned, to use this knowledge to connect with your people.
This requires a level of maturity that cannot be taught. This requires a level of humility that cannot be understated. Most importantly, it requires leadership skills that cannot be underestimated.
To understand the needs of others requires that you stop and think. Stop AND think. Stop thinking about yourself and how important your role is in the process AND start thinking of how you will connect with the needs and emotions of those whom you will lead. In so doing you will meet your people where they are and NOT where you want them to be. In addition, you will attract and validate their loyalty while adding unlimited power to your messages.
"The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist."
Remember, it is your outcome to take those that follow from where they are to where they want to be. To motivate them to achieve results beyond what they thought possible. To create synergy for the vision and the logical reasons behind the pursuit. Therefore, keep your people as your priority. Realize that leadership is a servant's role. You are the servant. Serve your people well.