In case you missed it, this is a summary of the Leadership Success Call for August 2, 2012.
I thought about all the leaders from my work and life experience, took what made them successful, and distilled it down into six characteristics and traits.
If we want to become great leaders we must work on mastering these six principles. We should:
1. Make character a top priority
- Character is what defines great leaders, and it’s evident in our personal and professional lives.
- Strong character won’t guarantee our success as leaders, but weak character will guarantee our failure.
- People pay attention to everything we do. So we must be faithful, respectful, honest, etc.
2. Lead with a servant’s heart
- It’s not about us. Our leadership positions are a temporary privilege to serve and lead others.
- People come first. Before financial results, reputation, or anything else. We are teachers, mentors and coaches.
- We take personal responsibility for the success and failure of people.
- We understand this takes time but it’s worth it.
3. Be led by and lead with a compelling vision
- We know where we’re going because our vision is crystal clear and is bigger than ourselves or our businesses.
- Our vision addresses all stakeholders and inspires people to think bigger every day.
- We are steadfast in pursuit of our vision and aren’t distracted by other things.
4. Have equal parts humility and confidence
- This is why people follow and want to be around us. People are attracted to confidence (not cockiness).
- People look to us for answers because they trust our ability and heart.
- Sincere humility is the result of confidence so deep that it doesn’t need to be shown. Put another way, true confidence is the root of humility.
5. Consistently improve communication
- This is how we mobilize others. We lay out a compelling vision and goals and then listen. We listen for brilliant ideas from our team. We don’t shut people down.
- Communication is a two-way street. Let’s listen twice as much as we speak to all stakeholders.
- Our communication is consistent and courageous. We embrace tough conversations with stakeholders.
6. Empower and raise up other leaders
- The greatest thing any leader can do is create more leaders and is the culmination of everything above.
- When we’re raising up future leaders we know they won’t be like us. The goal of our leadership is help bring out and develop their greatest strengths.
I launched these Free, interactive sessions for leaders who want to learn, grow, and help create other leaders. People call in to offer opinions, ask questions, and inspire others to live and lead with more success.
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