How To Be A Great Leader
If you’ve ever passed by an ancient tree, you’ve witnessed the traits of great leaders embodied. Like strong leaders, trees which weather time grow from a steadiness of uniformity in purpose and direction. A tree that divides itself needlessly does not live long; trunks that shoot and zigzag off as if they were branches create structural flaws, which gravity is quick to exploit. Just as a divisive approach dooms a poor leader, time eventually sees these imbalanced trees crack, break and fall. A skyward trunk crafts a sturdy foundation on which branches and leaves flourish, and a wise leader’s conviction and initiative unify and empower their company’s employees.
Cultivating seeds of great leadership in ourselves is about as easy as it is instantaneous. Growing into a leader takes recognizing the time it takes, as well as visualizing the personal changes you‘ll achieve, those which will mold you into a driving, unifying force; someone trusted to support the livelihoods and progress of subordinates.
To ensure you development follows a strong direction, it’s wise to consider the habits of leaders who already won success. As a professional speaker and mentor, I especially enjoy guiding leadership growth, and I know the following list of practices that define excellent leaders will help any new leader reach greatness.
- Stay firm – Swaying and wavering in your choices breeds doubt; take decisive action to avoid falling into hesitant habits.
- Locate role models – It’s much easier to set a great example when you’re already following one.
- Try not to interfere – You selected your team because you trust them. Unnecessarily micromanaging employees’ minor decisions only undermines the faith you’ve already proven in choosing them.
- Embody passion – Be energetic and voracious. You won’t get burned by showing a little fire.
- Recognize your weaknesses – You’re not Hercules, and you’re definitely not Zeus. In fact, you’ve probably got more than a few Achilles heels, and identifying them prevents you from becoming their victim.
- Forgive – Mistakes aren’t just a part of growth, their essential for it. Forgive the well-meaning mistakes of others, and don’t be too harsh toward yourself, either.
- Know when to cut your losses – Sacrifice is only noble when the losses don’t outweigh what is gained. Otherwise, it’s foolish.
- Remain humble when you win – It wasn’t just you who made victory happen.