“The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think highly of themselves”- J. Carla Nortcutt.
In his book, The right to lead, John C. Maxwell points out that an effective leader is someone others can trust them where they want to go.
Here are his guidelines for becoming that type of leader:
- Let go of your ego. The truly great leaders are not in the leadership for person gain. They lead in order to serve other people.
- Become good follower first. Rare is the collective leader who didn’t learn to become a good follower first. That is why a leadership institution such as the United States Military Academy teaches its officers to become effective followers first -and why West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School.
- Build Positive relationships. Leaders is influence, nothing more, nothing less. Today’s generations of leaders seem particularly aware of this because title and position mean so little to them. They know intuitively that people go along with people they get along with.
- Work with excellence. No one respects and follows mediocrity. Leaders who earn the right to lead give their all to what they do. They bring into play not only their skills and talents, but also great passion and hard work. They perform on the highest level of which they are capable.
- Rely on discipline , not emotion. Leadership is often easy during good times. It’s when everything seems to be against you-when you are out of energy, and you don’t want to lead-that you earn your place as a leader.
- Make adding value your goal. When you look at the leaders whose name are revered long after have finishing leading, you find that they were men and women who helped other people to live better lives and reach their potential. That is the highest calling of leadership-and its highest value.
- Give you power away ( Empower you leaders). One of the ironies of leadership is that you become a better leader by sharing whatever power you have, not by saving it all yourself. If you use your power to empower others, your leadership will extend far beyond your grasp.
” Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.” – Tom Peters.