What You Need To Know About Leadership Before You Begin To Lead

Leadership isn't for everyone

Leadership is such a complicated idea. One we try to boil down to trite quotes and phrases.

We’ve all heard “Leadership is influence. Plain and simple.” or “Leadership is the impact you on another person’s life.” or maybe “Leadership is doing the right thing.” These leadership quotes are great. They give us an idea of what to shoot for but they also don’t tell you what you need to know about leadership before you begin to lead.

Leadership requires you to know these things

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Leadership is more complicated than a simple quote. You’re going to run into situations where cute leadership quotes won’t do anything for you.

While leadership quotes are fun, quotes aren’t going to prepare you to lead well. And you need to be prepared to lead.

So, today, let’s talk about what you need to know about leadership before you begin to lead.

5 Tricks To Create A Consistent Writing Habit

It’s my belief that every leader should be writing. Whether it’s writing a blog like this one or writing a book, a leader who writes down his thoughts is able to touch more lives.

But a complaint that I often hear is that there’s no time to write. There’s no way I would be able to squeeze any more into my day.

While I don’t doubt your days are packed, I know you can still find time to create a consistent writing habit.

Create a consistent writing habit

Before you call me out and say that I have more time than you, let me share what my average day looks like:

6:30AM – Wake up, get ready for the office

7:30AM – Leave for the office

8:00AM – Arrive at the office and begin my day

5:00PM – Leave the office and head home

6 Ways To Become A More Positive Leader

No one like a Debbie Downer leader. By being negative, you’re bringing down everyone else. You don’t want this.

It’s not only bad for morale, it’s bad for you. You lose your authority. You lose respect. And you lose the right to hold people accountable when THEY complain (how dare they, right?!?).

That’s why we need to learn how to become more positive…

leaders need to be positive

6 Ways To Become More Positive

  1. Feed your positivity:

    Find ways to take in positive content. Whether that’s through great books, close relationships, or inspiring music.

    The more you’re seeking out positive inputs, the more positivity you’re going to exude.

4 Qualities Every Leader Must Possess To Be Successful

Ask a random person walking down the street what quality must a leader possess to be successful and you’ll probably get a different answer from each person. Everyone views leadership in a different light.

And how someone views leadership will mold the way they see the answer to the question.

However, there are qualities every leader must most. Especially if they want to be successful.

Do you have these leadership qualities?

So, what traits do those leading organizations need? Let’s look at the following 4 qualities.

4 Qualities Every Leader Must Possess

1. Integrity:

You’ve heard of Enron. They were a company that looked great on paper. Enron was viewed as a success by various business journals and peers.

However, Enron’s success came crashing down once the world learned there was a lack of integrity within the organization.

3 Ways A Leader Can Gain Commitment From Their Team

While leadership is about influencing others and helping them to grow, it’s hard to lead when there’s no commitment from those you’re trying to lead. Doing so is like beating a dead horse.

Having committed team members means you’ve created a connection with them. You’ve provided that special sauce that makes them devoted to the mission you’ve laid out before them.

That’s awesome! But what happens when you’re unable to gain commitment from a team member? Things start to go south, real quick.

This is why it’s so important that you get people who are psyched up and ready to go. They want to follow you and make your vision a reality.

But how does a leader gain commitment? I think the following 3 ways will work in most situations.