[STM 6] Tips On Leadership


leaderThere are many ways to define leadership, leadership means to get results, one of the definitions of leadership by: Warren Bennis: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

Leader is the most important position, if an organization is not performing well the first person to replace is the leader and the one who replaces the former, may dynamically change the direction of the whole organization by establishing new goals, the way the company thinks, the culture, new planning, get new set of people and focusing with everybody to get results.

There are many books and articles which influence that leaders are made but not born and few believe that leaders are born with this kind of an attitude. In my opinion, both holds true, after learning and practicing the skills required and developing an attitude towards leadership we can say a leader is born.

Indeed there are tips to develop an attitude and skills required for leadership:

1. Learn everyone’s name:
The sweetest sound for anyone is their name, everyone loves to hear their name. Being able to call people by their first name creates instant rapport. The best way to remember anyone’s name is to repeat their name 3-4 times in the conversation or picture the name with a famous celebrity for example: if you are talking to Bill imagine him talking to Bill Clinton or Bill Gates.

2. Make Others feel Important Sincerely:
If any staff member has contributed towards the company’s success let them know and praise them sincerely. One way to improve leadership skills is to give praise for specific achievements. Do It Sincerely.

3. Throw Down a Bigger Challenge:
Some people are highly motivated when they are constantly challenged. Leaders usually give the team a bigger challenge and let the team knows their leader is always behind them.

4. With great power comes great responsibility:
Classic line from Spiderman reinforces the idea that leaders must own their responsibility during the good times and the bad times. Leaders who step up to their responsibility generate more trust and respect.

5. Leaders are Visionaries: They can see Outside of the Status Quo, Ignore the lines already Drawn and Draw new ones of their own:

The best thing I like about the leadership mindset is the ability to think and see what others around them are not thinking. Leaders set unrealistic targets for themselves, who thought in the 1970’s Bill Gates, can achieve the vision of having a desktop on every table?

6. Devoted to Ethics:
When great leaders see something wrong and they are unable to look the other way. Whether it’s changing the operations of a large company, fighting for civil rights etc. they do not stay quiet to the injustices around them.

7. Leaders Work for the Greater Goods of Others:
At their core, great leaders pursue a purpose to improve mankind and work for the greater good of others. They are focused on making policies that improve the conditions for not only themselves, but all those around them. They work to empower people to become stronger individuals and thus create a stronger whole.

8. Leaders Follow their Intuition:
Intuition is based on a subconscious collection of the past experiences. Leaders know when to rely on this ability and when to wait for more information to make a decision.

As is said:

“You have to be burning with “an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.” If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
― Steve Jobs

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