Being a successful leader takes incredible dedication and passion. Some people have a natural ability to lead, but it certainly takes more than charm to excel at it. After you’ve assembled a team that’s ready to follow you, it’s important that you be the best leader you can be.
Finding a way to rise to that challenge can sometimes be difficult, but pulling from the motivation of other successful leaders is a great way to move in the right direction as you grow into becoming the best leader you can be. Here are five quotes to take you from average boss to amazing leader in no time.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Before anything else, you have to start with a strong vision, but if you already have your team assembled, let’s hope you’ve done that part. Once you have a strong vision, it’s imperative to be able to keep the dream, but make it realistic. This also encompasses the ability to communicate your vision clearly.
If you can’t explain how your vision can and will be a reality to your team, then they will have no idea where to start on making it happen. If they don’t understand your vision, then the end result will not be what you wanted.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
No matter how big your goal is, how difficult it may seem to achieve, or how many losses you may be facing, as a leader, it’s your responsibility to inspire everyone who follows you.
Don’t focus on the downfalls. Instead, keep everyone’s eyes on the optimistic future. Don’t overlook the failures because you will need to learn from them. Turn them into a positive experience by learning from each one, pointing out the upside and why it’s actually going to be better this way. This will keep those you lead motivated to continue even better than before.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Clearly, we’re talking about micro managing. Nobody likes to be micro managed. But if you poll your staff, you’ll find the majority enjoys figuring out solutions themselves and accomplishing their assignments independently.
A good worker feels rewarded when their boss hands them a project to do all their own. The biggest problem with people who micro manage is that they may not even realize it or they truly believe it’s necessary.
The truth is out – it is not necessary, it actually slows production, and makes employees feel useless and possibly offended. Take a step back and seriously consider this: How many times do you ask someone you’ve given an assignment to if they need help? How many times do you step in and instruct? It’s okay to guide, but it’s important to be sparing and succinct. Empower your team with responsibility and they’ll prove their worth every day of the week.
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
Print this one out and keep it on your desk. When the high tide comes and something goes wrong, focus on the solution. It’s easy to say, but difficult to do. If you put this into practice, you’ll find that not only do you get through the tough times quicker; you often come out even further ahead.
Staying solutions-minded will open your perspective to new ideas and keep everyone up and running. This is a great tool to get everyone on your team to use because it inspires them to remain optimistic and ambitious.
Earn your leadership every day.
Great and successful leadership comes down to ensuring that everyone who follows you genuinely believes you’re a great leader. When your team believes in you, they work to their fullest potential. For your team to believe in you and work their hardest, you’ll need to set the example.
Earn their participation by showing them your leadership abilities, work ethic and passion daily. It may sound simple and too good to be true, but workers follow leaders who genuinely believe.
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