#1 Leadership is about making things happen.
If you want to make something happen with your life, in school, in your profession or in your community, do it. Perceived obstacles crumble against persistent desire.
However, persistence for your cause should not be gained at the expense of others. Another bit of leadership wisdom!
#2 Listen and understand the issue, then lead!
How many times have you heard the saying, “Seek to understand, rather than be understood”…?
As a leader, listening first to the issue then trying to coach has been some of the most valuable advice I’ve found. Besides, how can you make effective decisions if you don’t know what challenges you’re up against?
#3 Answer the three questions everyone within your organisation wants answers to.
What the people of an organisation want from their leader are answers to the following: Where are we going? How are we going to get there? What is my role? Most effective leaders believe the more clarity that can be added to each of the three questions, the better the result.
#4 Master the goals that will allow you to work anywhere in today’s dynamic business world.
Many leaders share this piece of advice and state that was instrumental in shaping their direction, future and achievements.
Jobs, missions, titles and organisations will come and go as business is dynamic– meaning it is always changing. Don’t focus your goals toward any of these, instead learn to master the skills that will allow you to work anywhere.
We’re talking about four main skills:
- The ability to develop an idea
- Effectively plan for its implementation
- Execute second-to-none
- Achieve superior results time after time
Forget what others do. Work to be known for delivering excellence. It speaks for itself and it opens doors.
#5 Be curious…
Curiosity is a prerequisite to continuous improvement and even excellence. Study people, processes, and structures. Be intellectually curious. Making progress, in part, is based upon thinking.
By utilising this mindset you can steer your organisation’s future, understand the present, and know/challenge yourself to creatively move the people and the organisation closer to its vision.
#6 Listen to both sides of the argument.
Listen to all different kinds of people and ideas.
Listening only to those who share your background and opinions can be imprudent. It is important to respect your neighbours rights to their own views. Listening to and talking with a variety of people, from professors to police officers, from senior citizens to schoolchildren, is essential not only to be a good leader in business, but to also be a valuable member within your community.
#7 Prepare, prepare, prepare!
“If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
If you’ve truly prepared and something goes wrong the strength of the rest of what you’ve prepared for usually makes this something easier to handle without crisis and panic.
“Preparation is the science of winning.”
Ask yourself these questions:
“Do you deserve to win?” and “Have you done the work?”
This speaks to the importance of preparation toward achieving your final goal. If you haven’t done the work (preparation) the answer to the second question is an easy “no!”
Wrapping things up…
Great advice comes from many sources: parents, other relatives, consultants, bosses, co-workers, mentors, teachers, coaches, and friends. The important point to remember is to stay open, listen to everyone, but also develop your own leadership style.
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