WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A LEADER?
Leaders come in all shapes, sizes and styles. The research that has been done on what it takes to be a leader is inconclusive. There doesn't appear to be a "Right Look" or a "Right Way".
The majority of researchers believe that the origins of leadership go beyond genes and family (born) to other sources (made). So, while some leaders appear to be born leaders, that's certainly not all of it.
Many things combine to craft a leader, things like hardship, education, work experiences, opportunity, role models and mentors to name a few. In other words, the raw material essential for a person to lead is not scarce (many people can become leaders). The number of leaders may have a great deal to do with a limited understanding of what it means to be a leader, an invitation to more people to consider being a leader, and the development of those people who would like to be leaders.
This Power Byte was written for all of you - those who have been chosen by others as well as those who would like to choose themselves to be a great leader.
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- Believe they are worth following - are clear they have much to contribute,
- Know without question that there is no one quite like - they have a unique contribution to make,
- Are always working on becoming more masterful at the things they are really good at,
- Know their limits and recogize their shortcomings,
- Know without question that each person has a contribution to make,
- Are passionate about serving and empowering people,
- Are great at unleashing the contribution of others,
- Are committed to the development of others,
- Are guided by heart, passion and compassion,
- Are open to other people's ideas and clear that those ideas may be better than their own,
- Realize the impact they have on the ability of others to be satisfied and productive,
- Are trustworthy,
- Inspire trust,
- Are generous with acknoweldgement and praise,
- Are very effective communicators who are always working on becoming more effective,
- Are wonderful at building relationships.
- Value diversity,
- Operate with integrity,
- Stand for their beliefs,
- Have a positive attitude,
- ARE LIFE-LONG LEARNERS
Great leaders are clear about the legacy they want to leave behind. All their actions are correlated to the building of that legacy.
Leadership is not a title, a position of authority, or a role that someone is asked to play. Leadership comes from a stand that someone takes to be totally responsible for what they have agreed to do - to own it. They are clear that what they do makes a difference and that others are impacted by them every day.
If, you choose to be a leader, from this moment and forever more (until you say stop) you are declaring yourself to be someone who has a unique gift to give which you are committed to bringing to everything you do, as well as being committed to championing everyone (even the people you don't like) to be great. Great leaders source other great leaders.
If you're ready to be the leader you "know" you can be, find a leader you admire and ask them if they would be willing to mentor you.
And hire a coach to help you to be all you can be. Pick someone who you would like to work with. I would highly recommend: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Thank you for helping me find my greatness, get excited about new possibilities I didn't see for myself before and then supporting me as my cheerleader and conscience while I went for it in my own way."
Joann Quigg, M.Sc. Ed.
WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?
WHAT OR WHO WILL HELP YOU TO GET IT, DO IT, OR BE IT?
JtI IS NOW THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION?
IF NOT NOW - WHEN?
IF NOT YOU - WHO?