If your dream is to become a great leader–as a manager, as a boss, as an entrepreneur–you must start from the qualities that make you different from the rest of the people.
The best leaders who distinguish themselves from the rest aren’t essentially the leaders who have all the power, but they are the leaders that they have the ability to empower. They win people’s hearts by helping, developing, praising, encouraging, and motivating. They are the leaders that are different from the rest of us.
Be honest and straightforward even when the news is bad
Always speak honestly and with candor. Show that you are not afraid to speak the truth in any situation.
Share the credit
The best leaders know that they could not have accomplished much on their own. It takes a team or a group, to make things happen in one’s life, so leaders give each member of that team credit for their success.
Celebrate skills, and appreciate talent
Look for the best in others, and help them celebrate their skills and strengths.
Encourage and inspire
Motivate people to be their best even when they don’t know their potential yet.
Build team spirit, and encourage inclusiveness
Place a higher value on team spirit than success. When you concentrate on spirit, you gain long-term success.
Leaders have a clear picture of what they see their group becoming or doing in the future. There’s a difference between eyesight and vision. Vision is the ability to get MEANING from eyesight. Effective leaders have vision.
Leaders are many times required to do things that ordinary people don’t like to do. The truth of the matter is, leaders probably don’t like to do them either. The difference between a leader and an ordinary person is that a leader does whatever it takes to accomplish the goal, and many times this requires self-control and self-discipline. Effective leaders have self-control and self-discipline
Ability To Communicate
To achieve their goals and fulfill their vision, leaders need to persuade others to take action on their ideas. This requires that they think clearly, speak clearly and listen carefully. Effective leaders have the ability to communicate
There are only two reasons why most projects fail: not starting and not finishing. Leaders finish what they start because they remember their vision, focus on their goals and visualize their goals as already accomplished. They have the staying power and persistence to follow through on their goals regardless of circumstances or what other people say, think, or do. Effective leaders have persistence.
Leaders look at how things can be done, not why they can’t be done. They look for ways over, around, or through obstacles. They have an “I will not be denied” attitude. To paraphrase W. Clement Stone, “There is little difference between ordinary people and leaders. The little difference is the attitude. The big difference is whether the attitude is positive or negative.” Effective leaders have a positive attitude.
To be a more effective leader, clarify your vision and purpose. Develop a written and specific goals program. Develop your self-control, self-discipline, and ability to communicate. Maintain a high energy level by taking care of your mind and body. Persist in all you do, and approach every challenge and opportunity with a positive attitude. Do these things and you’ll not only be different, but you’ll also make difference.
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