Lessons of Leadership
Everything of substance that we can accomplish in this life is done through leadership - whether on a personal or professional basis. Most people look at their leadership potential as a means of giving themselves more power or control, while the true leader is constantly looking for ways to empower others to ensure the continued forward momentum involved in any undertaking.
There are many significant areas of management that should be addressed daily but the topic of leadership, in my opinion, tops the list to equip yourself to powerfully lead your business to be useful to your customers, while, at the same time, becoming profitable.
In becoming an effective leader you need to learn all you can in order to develop the necessary skills that will help you overcome the trials that you will no doubt face in life. Solid leaders learn not only from formal training courses, but the true leader/manager will also learn the greatest lessons from other leaders who have been weathered by the tests they have experienced in life.
Most of you have heard the phrase "leadership by example." Every effective manager should urge their subordinates to "do what they do." Leadership by example is ultimately important. While we can become solid and powerful leaders in our own right, we all learn from other great managers/coaches who "lead by example." And here's another important factor to remember. The military teaches that in order to become a successful leader you have to first learn how to be an obedient follower. That is an important message and one that is usually missed.
Great leaders also know that they aren't working alone. Even the president has advisors who help him develop and enact policy. Successful leaders are mentors who help others develop their own engaging leadership style. It is a difficult job to be strong and humble simultaneously, but it is very important for a managing leader to do so in order to inspire others to reach their personal leadership potential.
Most importantly, you must always, on every occasion, do the right thing. The "right thing" is always honest, sincere, bold and even heroic. If it fosters the proper end results without lying, cheating or stealing, that's the path you will want to take. The ethical questions we face almost daily can, and often do, force otherwise great leaders to become ordinary mid-level minions or, sometimes, total failures. Know who you are and be that person every day of your life.
The greatest leaders throughout history have possessed a strong belief in themselves. Having a strong dose of confidence will allow you to exhibit the assurance that others will be looking for in a leader. Would you look up to someone that is lacking confidence? I doubt you would. Having self-confidence will also allow you to avoid self doubt: one of the biggest leadership destroyers.
Leadership is one of the greatest lessons anyone can learn and apply in their lives. Leadership brings confidence and confidence will direct you toward a successful end result.