The Leader in You
A leader was born from the moment you arrived on the scene.
We all came to lead in some way, shape or form as that’s how nature intended us to be.
“The real leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
You meant to be the best as that’s what you did at the greatest race of your life which lead you this moment.
The purpose that brought us here wasn’t just to complete another cycle of life but to lead life itself to a higher plane of awareness, understanding and reciprocity based on the origin of all existence.
To lead is to expand in knowledge by connecting to the infinite intelligence, converting it into awareness and sharing it with life which will ultimately reach limitless generations”. Your story will tell everything…
“Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.”
~ Nikola Tesla
~ Harry Truman
– Reading means gathering, absorbing, studying and understanding information from all sources possible.
The acting and leading part comes next…
Are you leading your life to where it deserves to be and making sure that others will also be inspired to follow your path?
The results you get, are directly connected to your ability to lead and influence people more effectively which means the difference between living the way you always have and living the life you really want when you overcome the obstacles.
Only when your personality, courage and actions inspire and lead others to move towards their own goals and dreams, you will certainly have made a positive impact.
In the face of adversity, is easy to have a second thought and give up on the journey to success but the true leaders, recognize and understand that without a path full of resistance, there will be no real rewarding achievements that will contribute to the preservation of life.
You as a true leader, must master the art of looking for and finding the good in other people so they can also have a better chance to be and contribute more after developing their skills.
When you look at the new generation behind you, it’s easy to notice the higher level of perception and awareness contained within them.
It’s the most beautiful and advanced law of evolution so, nothing better than using your knowledge, skills, decision making abilities and experience, to power and speed up the process of learning by helping people to discover and develop their own dormant powers.
They may soon surpass your own which will leave you with the greatest feeling of gratitude and fulfilment. You know that they will continue developing and spreading the art of giving as the real purpose of life.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
Leadership is a Mindset
Being a leader is not a position that you take or that’s given to you but, what you become based on your attitude and life experiences.
At a very early age, we learn how to make some decisions for ourselves and take risks based on curiosity and certain circumstances. Also, we get inspired by the people we admire and how to be like them in as many ways possibles.
The ability to lead effectively is based on many key skills.
Leadership roles are all around us, not just in our social life or in a work environment.
They can be applied to any situation where you are required to take the lead, professionally, socially and at home in family settings. Ideally, leaders become leaders because they have credibility, and because people want to follow them.
– Another area which is crucial for leaders is skills in leading people. After all, without followers, there are no leaders.
Leaders need skills in working with others on a one-to-one and group basis, and a range of tools in their armoury to deal with a wide range of situations.
One of the first skills that new leaders need to master is how to delegate. This is a difficult skill for many people but, done well, delegation can give team members responsibility and a taste of leadership themselves, and help them to remain motivated.
Leaders also need to know how to give others their views on personal performance in a way that will be constructive rather than destructive, and also hear others’ opinions of them.
Leaders then need tools to help them understand the way that others behave, and create positive interactions.
Finally, leaders have to be able to work well in group situation.
However, leaders spend much of their time in one particular group situation, meetings, so they need to have particular skill in chairing and managing meetings.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
~ John Quincy Adams
People with vested interests (academics and those offering leadership training or literature of some sort) are convinced that it can. Many successful leaders, however, have never had any formal training. For them leadership is a state of mind, and it is their personalities and traits that make them successful leaders.
One of the most important aspects of leadership is that not every leader is the same. Different leadership styles are appropriate for different people and different circumstances, and the best leaders learn to use them all.
Perhaps the most important skill a leader needs is to be able to think strategically.
Leadership is all about having a vision of where you want to be and working to achieve that vision.
Alongside strategic thinking go organising and action planning, both essential for delivery of your vision and strategy, and risk management to help you avoid things going wrong, and manage when they do.
See our page: Action Planning for more.
Leaders also need to be able to make good decisions in support of their strategy delivery.
See our page on Decision Making for further information and guide to effective decision making.
Along the way to achieving their vision a leader will come upon many problems.
Effective problem solving is therefore another key leadership skill. With a positive attitude, problems can become opportunities and learning experiences, and a leader can gain much information from a problem addressed.
See our Problem Solving page for more about solving problems effectively.
Leaders also need to be very organised on a personal level, and able to manage themselves and their time, so that they can spend time doing what they need to do, and not on other tasks.
See our page on Time Management for more information.
As well as organising their time and their teams, leaders need to spend a bit of time on themselves, and particularly on their self-motivation. A leader who lacks self-motivation will struggle to motivate others, as people are quick to detect a lack of sincerity.
See our page on Self-Motivation for more about this.
Effective Personal Qualities
There are a number of personal qualities which leaders tend to display. However, for all that this description implies that these qualities are intrinsic, they can be developed and improved over time.
These qualities include charisma, that quality of ‘brightness’ which makes people want to follow a leader, assertiveness, which enables that person to make their point without aggression, but firmly, and empathy, understanding of how others feel.
The best quality you can have is to leave everybody you come in contact with; “With the Impression of Increase.” When you pay a sincere compliment to someone, is because you can see the good in them.
When that happens, what you are actually seeing is the expression of the good that it is in yourself.
– Leaders also need finely-honed communication skills.
These skills are general interpersonal skills, not specific to leadership, but successful leaders tend to show high levels of skill when communicating.
Good leaders tend to be extremely good listeners, able to listen actively and elicit information by good questioning.
They know how to build rapport quickly and effectively, to develop good, strong relationships with others, whether peers or subordinates.
They are usually very good at public speaking, equally skilled at getting their point across in a formal presentation or Board meeting, or in an informal meeting or casual corridor conversation.
They have strong negotiation skills, in the broadest sense, in terms of reaching win-win situations and making sure that they know their ‘bottom line’.
They have also honed their ability to communicate in difficult situations, usually by practice over time.
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