People respond to good leadership- Period! We witness it in all aspects of our lives. Beyond leadership in business, parents are leaders in their home to one child who leads a sports team and another who is leader of the debate team. Most groups of people look to one person as to lead them to success. A leader in the truest sense highly ethical, honest and well respected.
In our society, and on teams, we observe both leaders and followers. Are we born as one or the other? Absolutely Not! Can we hone our leadership skills? Absolutely!
The leaders we most admire demonstrate the following:
a) They think BIG! The sky is the limit when it comes to capacity for growth and improvement.
b) They keep their eyes on clear and firmly set goals.
c) They get people on board with what they want to achieve by clearly defining success. For example: “Our goal is to sell “x” number of widgets this quarter” or “Winning this games puts us one step closer to winning the state title! Let’s do this!”
d) They have followers who willingly comply with direction toward achieving the goal.
e) They immediately establish the next goal or raise the bar when current goals are met.
Bottom line…People will follow your lead willingly if you are honest, ethical, treat them with respect and clearly communicate why a goal is important. Of course, rewarding someone when a job is well done is always appreciated, as is a good leader who acts on employees who hinder the team’s success.
These are great ways to take your leadership skills to the next level. Not only can you increase the respect of others, you may even become an inspiration to others by advancing your leadership skills. How great is that!