How To Be a Strong Leader

How To Be a Strong Leader

The old saying goes that leaders are born, not made. But some leaders are made through adversity. Sometimes people who have never taken on a leadership role will lead when a situation necessitates it. Parenting is one example. The potential to be a leader exists in each and every one of us.

Once you have learned the methods of being a leader, you will find the self-belief it takes to be one. Experience also contributes to taking on a leadership role with ease. Taking the lead is not an easy task, but it becomes second nature and can be very satisfying.

Leadership is not about dictating to others, it is about is inspiring others into action. The world today is filled with people who are in leadership positions, but are not good leaders. Real leaders inspire others to stand up for a noble cause.

Influence is extremely powerful, yet very subtle. Someone can be ordered to do a specific task, but that does not mean that they will do their best. Inspiring others to do their best requires positive reinforcement as well as motivation by being an example. Leadership only speaks to the tasks at hand, while influence speaks to responsiveness and attitudes. Influence is the true essence of successful leadership.

Leadership Characteristics

Position and title does not make a good leader. These are only some of the characteristics that make a good leader.

  • Proficient
  • Truthful
  • Inspirational
  • Forward-looking
  • Open-minded
  • Intelligence
  • Courage
  • Broad-minded
  • Creative
  • Undemanding

When complications arise, a great leader does not blame his supporters even if they in fact have failed. A true leader addresses how to correct the problems.

Leadership is neither for the egotistical nor the hesitant. Self-confidence can often be misconstrued for arrogance. This should not hold you back though. Being honest and having integrity will be seen by others. Listen to criticism, whilst considering the source. If you personalize what others say about you, or ignore criticism through arrogance, you will lose respect, and thus their support.

Inspiring a collective vision is the true essence of leadership. But before conveying the vision, it has to be developed. You must be clear about your vision and live it so that others can model it. You must facilitate others to be responsible. But at the same time, do not criticize anyone for trying, but making a sincere mistake.

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Building a Winning Team

Building a Winning Team

To build a winning team, you need two essential ingredients. Number one is a common goal, and number two is the ability to communicate that goal. A group of people is not a team just because they wear the same uniform. Unity of purpose, not uniformity, is the key to successful teamwork. You can have a team full of talent, but there will not be teamwork if every team member does not share the goals of the team.

Winning Teams Play to Win

A winning team is a team that plays to win. Attitude alone often is the difference between winning and losing. Playing to lose is not a winning strategy. The difference between playing to win and to play not to lose is often the difference between a successful team and a mediocre team.

Winning Teams Take Risks

Winning teams are teams that are not afraid to take risks. It is far better to try and fail, than to fail to try.

Winning Teams Keep Improving

Winning teams always continue to try harder even when they have reached the top. It is not easy to stay on top. Teams who reach the top tend to try and maintain their position and hang on to the glory. This is a big mistake as there is always someone below hungry enough for victory and willing to make the necessary sacrifices. It is often easier to win when you have nothing to lose.

Your team must be taught that the highest reward for improvement is not what you get for it, but what you become as a result of it.

Team Members in a Winning Team Care for Each Other

Winning teams consist of team members who care for each other. They support each other and are constantly looking for ways to enhance each other.

Inspiring Your Team to Success

The essence of leadership is to inspire others to work as a team towards a common objective. The leader of a team inspires the team members by exemplifying a positive and hopeful attitude. They motivate the team by reminding them of the overall vision and importance of accomplishing the goal. When leaders communicate clear expectations, they give the team members the freedom to be creative. Leaders express inspiration when they believe in their team. A winning team knows that their leader has total confidence in them.

Resource: Be a People Person by John Maxwell

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