Great leaders all have many traits in common. Great leaders are able to cast vision.
They’re also able to inspire others. Not only that, great leaders know how to get the job done.
But there’s one thing aspiring leaders can miss that will hold them back. There’s a missing leadership ingredient every great leader must have.
12th Grade Me
Looking back through my grade school years, there’s a handful of teachers that I can remember. There’s even less who had a meaningful impact on my life that I can recall.
One man sticks out. His name? Gibner… Mr. Gibner.
What made Mr. Gibner so memorable? He held the missing ingredient of leadership that holds so many back.
I look back all those years ago and can remember it like yesterday.
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There are leaders who lead by title only.
You know the ones. They push forward through threats of intimidation and power grabs.
No one really likes them. Yet they continue to work for them because of fear.
Title Means Nothing
People have had titles bestowed upon them for ages. Sometimes they’re right to give the title. Other times they’re not.
They give a title so someone who’s looking for power or wealth. This person feels entitled and abuses the title.
So much so, others see through the veneer. And they begin to revolt.
These followers might not tell the leader by title only their thoughts. Rather they may:
Stop working hard
Begin talking behind the leadership’s back
Look for new work
Plot to overthrow the current leader
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No leader will ever be perfect. There’s always room for improvement.
And any wise leader will tell you they’re always looking for ways to improve.
Those same wise leaders will also tell you there are actions they take on a daily basis that makes them lead better.
They nice thing about these actions, they’re simple things you can do. You just have to implement them.
4 Actions To Lead Better
- Listen: Great leaders know there is power in listening to others. Shutting your mouth and opening your ears can pay great dividends.
When you listen, you’ll hear your team tell you what’s not working in the organization or areas that can be improved. When you listen to your customers, you’ll hear new product ideas and pain points you can attend to.
Listening opens up new possibilities to your leadership. Open your ears and hear the difference.
Theodore Roosevelt once said
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
The more I’ve led, the more I’ve discovered this truth. When we were leading young students, this especially came into play.
With troubles at home, issues at school, and a general disdain for authority, they struggled with listening to those in a position of power. That is, until you showed them you cared about their life.
So, what can you do to show people you care? I think the following 7 actions demonstrate an attitude of caring towards others.
1. Ask pertinent questions: People love to talk about themselves. So ask questions that relate to their lives and their interests.
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My mind keeps wandering back to the song Word Up! by Cameo. The lyrics, wave your hands like you just don’t care, are drawing me in as I write this.
I don’t care today. My actions are showing how I feel.
And it’s not pretty.
While I say this, I’m not sure it’s the truth. Do I really not care? Or is there something deeper, darker going on?
We all have days where we’re trapped in a funk. We feel like we just don’t care. We don’t want to deal with anyone.
You’ve been there, right? I’m not all alone here, am I?
Good, that’s what I thought.
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