I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.
Over the years, I’ve seen many different leadership styles. Leaders are individuals so there are as many different styles as there are people. But what makes a leader successful? Unfortunately, too often people believe that to succeed in their leadership role they need to drive every issue, control every detail and make every decision. If they don’t have complete control, they feel as though they are shirking their responsibility. Their intent is to be a strong leader but somehow, with all that effort, they still miss the mark.
Well, here’s a little secret.
It’s not about you.
The true secret to leadership is empowerment. Effective leaders recognize that the most successful organizations are those in which people feel empowered to do their jobs. Empowering others is not accidental but a result of specific actions and attitudes.
COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE
If employees don’t know where an organization is going and how it’s performing, it’s going to be very hard to arrive at the desired destination. Employees need to know the goal, so they can play an active role and feel the pride of being part of the company’s achievements. Communication is key to getting everyone on board and moving in the same direction.
IT’S OKAY TO FAIL (EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE)