“A leader is one who knows the way,
goes the way, and shows the way.”
Leadership. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve all experienced it. But what have we really learnt about it.
Leaders come from two distinct places.
Those that were born with a natural talent to lead.
And those that grow into their potential.
In our team, everyone is a leader. We develop people from day one to create the career and the job of their dreams. No position is out of reach – there are no job descriptions at TCI.
You can be a leader of others. A leader of a team (including your family). A leader of self. Or a leader of projects.
Great leaders are always growing. They’re always looking for the next level.
“When you’re green you’re growing. When you’re ripe you’re rotting” Ray Kroc
Here’s a list that’s the perfect starting point for all of us. Let me know which ones you’ve already embraced and are rocking at.
- Take Responsibility
Leaders never blame. They never make excuses. They always learn what they can and move on to the next big thing. Take responsibility for yourself and if you’re ready – for your team as well.
- Learn how to give and GET great feedback
Leaders are open to getting real feedback. People have the difficult conversations with leaders because they know they’ll be heard. They know that change will happen because the feedback is truly valued.
- Leave your shit at the door
Leaders leave their personal life at the door. You’ll never know when a leader is having a bad day. They do what they need to do and support the people that need help. (That said every leader still needs somewhere and someone to support them)
- Take care of yourself – be the example of health and well being
Leaders are among the healthiest and most disciplined members of our society. They take care of themselves so that when it counts they have the energy and mental stamina they need to perform.
- Acknowledge the strengths of the people around you
You don’t have to know everything. You don’t need to be great at everything. You do need to know your teams strengths and weaknesses so that you can harness the full potential of the everyone.
- Delegate liberally – your team will develop faster with opportunities to learn and grow
Hanging onto responsibility and tasks, isn’t good for you or your team. You get bogged down and your team doesn’t get their chance to shine. Start small and keep giving them more and more responsibility. Don’t be afraid to let go of control.
- Acknowledge your failures
Leaders don’t need to be perfect. How you recover from your failures will become your biggest differentiator. Learn to be great at recovering. Learn to be humble.
- Listen, Ask Questions, Seek to Understand
Listen. Give people your presence. You are never too busy to hear something important. Seek to understand before you give advice or make a decision.
- Keep reading! Harry S. Truman — 'Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.'
Create an incredible knowledge library. You don’t have to read everything but you do need to constantly implement what you’re reading. Learn from great minds and see what you can create using their methods.
- Teach others how to lead and encourage a culture of leadership development
Nothing is more rewarding than creating the next generation of leaders. They influence so many people and create some of the most incredible outcomes. Leadership is a gift. Pass it on to someone else.
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