A great leader is always defined by his integrity — he should lead by example. When you lead by example, you make it easier for others to follow you. Those who walk their walk and model what they preach are always respected. There can never be a better example for people than their leader’s life. How we model our values and how we cast our vision as leaders can either build or break our credibility. We can have a great vision, and we can have a great system or process; but if we ourselves are not willing to embrace and exude the things we expect our people to follow, then it will be difficult for people to join us. And even if they do, they may only be following out of fear or obligation, not out of respect and loyalty.
When leaders don’t practice what they preach, it would be difficult for others to work successfully. If you said one thing and did another, the next time you say something, others might not believe you. If your team doesn’t trust you, the vision that you are promoting will lose its appeal and eventually, the goal that you are trying to achieve will not materialize.
Successful leaders have the ability to motivate, inspire and direct others. To do that, they have to be passionate and dedicated. Leadership requires commitment. It’s that simple. If a leader only pursued his vision whenever it was convenient, then we can be certain that fruitfulness is a long way away. Leaders need to be dedicated to their vision and commit themselves to whatever it takes to fulfill it. Dedication is best seen not in the best seasons of leadership, but in times of crises and crossroads. Dedicated leaders are able to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter. Best leaders put organization first and are even willing to make personal sacrifices just to achieve the organization’s goal. They not only show commitment and dedication, but self-discipline and unselfishness as well. When you model dedication to your people, they will have the assurance that you are forging a path for them to follow and will be inspired to pursue that path with the same level of commitment.
A good leader is always a good follower first. If we know how to follow well, how to honor the leaders in our lives, and how to demonstrate loyalty to their leadership, then we will have gained meaningful insight into how we can be good leaders ourselves.
When we know what it is like to be a follower, we will also be able to empathize with the people who follow us, as well as be attuned to how we can best develop them. Being a good follower also develops in us an attitude of humility and an openness to learn from other people.
So what are the usual characteristics of being a good follower?
a. Obedient – a leader shouldn’t give orders if he himself cannot obey orders from other people. Obedience is an essential part of an organization’s success.
b. Humble – a good follower knows that everything is not about him. He observes and sees things what needs to be done, and he does it wholeheartedly because it’s for the good of the team.
c. Loyal – a good follower shouldn’t speak ill of his boss in public and should understand what public loyalty is.
Ask yourself this: Am I a good follower? What are the things I need to work on in order to develop this aspect well?
Great leadership is never primarily founded on emotion. If we led based on what we feel at the moment, imagine how sketchy our leadership and direction will be when our emotions change from moment to moment! This is not to say that we should never consider or factor in our emotions when we lead – they should just not be our primary tool in making decisions.
We respond to information given to us by showing our emotions. If you receive a negative information, this would in turn bring about a negative feeling. If one of your subordinates forgot to submit an important deliverable, what do you think you would feel? You might feel angry or frustrated. But believe me, don’t trust these feelings; better yet, don’t show these emotions to your subordinate.
Where then should we base our leadership? Two major things: VISION and VALUES. Vision keeps us on-track with our desired future and outcome. Vision keeps us aligned with the “why.” Values keep us grounded in reality. They guide us on how we are to lead in the present and what kind of culture and environment we set for our people to thrive in. Values keep us attuned to the “how” – the methods that we use as we lead, and what guiding principles serve as our compass in making daily decisions.
Question: Can you please everyone? Should you try to please everyone?
Answer is, NO — One cannot please everyone and one cannot satisfy all.
Here’s the hard truth: People will always have something to say. Leaders are primary targets of opinions, as people know they have the final say and have influence on those they work alongside. While it’s good to know that people want to be involved in a decision-making process, a wealth of opinions – no matter how well-intended – may end up paralyzing leaders who have the tendency to want to please everyone.
Here’s another truth: You can’t please everybody. If we led with the desire to make everyone happy, you will end up disappointed with such an expectation. Value opinions, and the value the people to give them to you – but choose whose opinions truly matter. But don’t let opinions pressure you into making a decision you cannot live with. At the end of the day, you must remember that leadership is not a popularity contest, but rather leadership is making sound judgements in every situation.
Declare and decree this is my year of TOTAL Victory , MIND, BODY AND SOUL.
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 1:2)
Declare and decree this year I will have New Doors, New opportunity, and meet people that are at a New level.
Declare and decree that i will not have any health disparities and will live a life of wholeness.
Declare and decree that my house is blessed (whole) my family is Blessed, my business is blessed.
Declare and decree that my dreams are no longer a dream but will be a reality this year.
“And the Lord answered me:“Write the vision;make it plain on tablets,so he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)
Declare and decree that everywhere is go and every step i take is ordained by God.
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” (Psalms 37:23)
Declare and decree that Peace will be my Portion.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Declare and decree that every seed I sow will get immediate results.
Declare and decree that everything I touch will proposer.
Declare and decree that my blessings are overtaking me.
Mention the word “leader” and your brain will surely light up with images and names of different personalities that fit the mold – and you’ll certainly think of both good and bad examples.
While it’s true that some people are wired with the ideal characteristics of an effective leader, leadership is something that is developed. Potential does not always translate to a realization, unless it is harnessed – and this applies to leadership.
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