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Every person has the ability to lead.
Being an effective and influential leader requires a steadfast heart. Understanding, patience and morality are only a few among the tremendous number of attributes it takes to be an effective leader. Below you’ll find 10 ways to help you learn to be the kind of leader you want to be.
There’s dozens of different leadership styles. From the authoritarian leader to the demanding leader to the whatever goes leader. But none of these bring about the kind of results I’m guessing you’re looking for.
I have studied much about leadership, earning me a degree in Ministry Leadership. The majority of information I’ve learned was built upon biblical principles with a strong focus on relationships.
What I’ve learned has been invaluable in building thriving relationships. And it applies to all relationships. Your family, friends, and associates. Just an F.Y.I., this post is lengthy.
A leader who is unapproachable is not going to be very effective. They will not be able to share in the joys and successes and even failures of those they lead. If your employees cannot come to you in open and easy communication, there’s a break in the system.
Being approachable allows subordinates to feel comfortable with telling you anything. And that’s what you want. You want unhindered communication.
Smile. Smile. Smile. A smile is the key to unlocking the door to approachability. It’s easy to do and makes a huge difference to those around you.
Here’s a few books I recommend as you continue your growth as a leader.
Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. It deals with leadership but what Covey covers in the book carries over to all relationships.
Covey breaks down how to morally lead in such an in-depth way that makes making changes as a leader easy and totally doable. He includes easy ways to implement strategies on helping your organization grow and function in the best way possible.
What Leaders Really Do by John P. Kotter
Kotter’s writing style is straight forward, also in depth with the exlpnanation of how leadership is different and more than just management.
The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner
This book will challenge you to be a better leader. You will obtain valuable information that will help you learn to lead in the way you want.
When we are the person in charge, it can be hard to step out and take chances. We have those under us to think about. It’s important to remember that they look to you for encouragement, direction and inspiration.
You’ve got to show them the way. If you are unable to step outside your box, then you leave opportunity on the table.
We must continue to move in spite of how we are feeling at any given time. Courage comes from deep within and we all have it. To me, it’s like a unused muscle. It shrinks up and becomes weak. Trying a new strategy or moving into a new building takes guts and you can do it. It just takes a little practice.
Leaders often get very full of themselves and this makes them ineffective. A person in a place of authority can deem themselves as more important and even more valuable than others.
This is simply not true. When you have people who rely on you for help guidance, it’s imperative that they are not made to feel less than.
It’s important that they know you have flaws. This doesn’t mean you have to go around announcing or putting up flyers that you are unqualified in this area or that you are ignorant in that area. It just means, stay humble. Don’t let it go to your head.
Being humble shows vulnerability and this can be hard for some people. I understand this is difficult but the reward for allowing yourself to be open and letting those around you see it is a priceless quality.
Along with being humble usually comes being gentle. These two are perfect compliments to one another. Humility is a strength rather than a weakness. Letting others know that you too, make mistakes is totally and absolutely ok. In fact, it’s mandatory as a leader who wants to be effective and influential.
How many times have we heard the horror stories about those in business falling and falling hard? We as humans get so caught up in something that before we know it, we’ve dug our grave so deep, we can no longer see the light.
I cannot stress enough how integral it is your success and your company’s success to be integruous. The minute you decide to partake in something dishonest is the moment you jeopardize yourself and those under you.
Trust, reliability, honesty and more are thrown out the window. You are now breeding the exact opposites of those things. You’ve opened a door to disharmony.
Walking with integrity is not hard. It’s just doing the right thing no matter what. No matter who’s watching. And when you do practice walking with integrity, you are filled with happiness and peace and this carries down to all who you comes in contact with you.
Leaders must be clear in their intentions. They must be open and explanatory in the desires they have for the company and the employees.
Concisely explaining the vision and all that it entails is a big part of this. When you can passionately share your vision with those you are leading, it can become a game changer.
If those around you can catch this vision, you will have a group of people excited to be at their job or volunteer position.
If accurately expressed, the growth potential is enormous. Clarity for the vision and expectations of subordinates greatly improves the chances of success for any business.
A good leader will often take the time to reflect and review. The impact that exploring oneself and one’s decisions has on the community of people surrounding them is advantageous and courageous.
It is also a beneficial practice that every leader should partake in. Learning what makes you tick, learning how you respond to situations and varying circumstances as well as making changes to those things that are unsatisfactory makes a huge difference in how you lead others.
Reflection upon strategies that are working well vs. ones that are not working well can be the difference between business expansion and business death. Only through reflection of ourselves and how we work are we able to make changes that bring benefits to all we come in contact with.
Rest is not something that leaders seem to want to do. But it is necessary. Taking time for yourself to recharge and refresh improves your quality of life and the quality of life you bring to those you encounter.
Taking breaks from the every day is the only way to remain an effective and influential leader. You cannot lead properly if you are consistently living in stressed-out mode.
Whether it’s prayer, solitude, or taking a vacation with family, it must be done. Our minds are clogged with details. Leaders regularly need to empty this box and get rid of the junk that prevents new ideas from forming. We cannot keep making deposits without also making withdrawls.
In my opinion, this is one of the most important activities that a leader needs to indulge in.
Personally, I feel revived when I take trips involving nature. The beach and the woods are where I can seek peace and calm. I feel more connected to God and His wondrous creations, therefore, I remember how insignificant many of the problems or troubles I am facing actually are. I get recharged.
I encourage to do the same. Resting is part of being a successful leader.
I sincerely hope you found some inspiration and encouragement in this post. Being a properly equipped leader is the key to success.
Have a blessed day!