Casting a great vision is required of any leader worth his salt. He has to be able to look forward and KNOW where the organization he is leading will go.
And that’s what we’re told. Great leaders look forward.
Unfortunately, this statement is often followed by bad wisdom. After someone tells us how every great leader looks to the future, we are told great leaders never look back.
I can agree with the first part of the statement. Leaders who get things done know they have to have an eye on the future. I take issue with the next part, that leaders can’t look to the past.
I know great leaders must look to the past. For there are many lessons to be learned there.
Why Great Leaders Look Back
George Santayana, a poet and philosopher, said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Read more...
Great leaders take a stand and call for others to come along on the journey. They point towards hope and say “There we go! That’s where we need to head.”
These impactful leaders become a beacon of hope for those they lead.
While leading will wear you out and take you down some dark paths, the job of a leader is to point to a brighter tomorrow. One that others have a hard time seeing.
That’s why they’re not leading. They can’t see the better days ahead.
You can. Even in your darkest hours. You know there’s something good ahead. And you want to lead others on a purposeful journey.
Hope Is What People Need
Getting things done and advancing is critical to being seen as a good leader. Leaders are people who move others to the next stage of life. Read more...
If you’re a leader, the answer to this question is: Yes, people count on you.
That’s a cornerstone of leadership. Your team needs to know you’re going to do what you say.
However, we see many cases where leaders aren’t able to be counted on. They’ve left the building.
You’re not that kind of leader. Are you?
I don’t think so. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be actively seeking to improve your leadership skills.
People Are Counting On You
Whether or not you’re doing a good job, people are looking to you for guidance. They want to know you will be there when things hit the fan.
Because you’re in charge. You’ve stood up and said you want to be the one to show people the way.
And they responded. Read more...
There’s a marked difference between the habits of successful people versus the habits of unsuccessful people.
Studies have been carried out by many different researchers over the years and the results have been astounding.
SuccessStory.com recently created an infographic to highlight the differences in habits between successful and unsuccessful people and I wanted to share that with you today.
Habits Of Successful People
One of the quickest ways to become successful is to follow what successful people do. That’s the great thing about the infographic above. It shows us the daily habits of people who are succeeding.
Those habits of successful people include:
Tracking your progress
Learning from your mistakes
Spending time with the right people
Maintaining the proper balance in life
Writing down your goals and targets
Thinking long term
Making to-do lists Read more...
Leadership is heavy. The choices leaders make and the actions they have to take are not easy.
For this, leaders need grace.
Showing people the way and helping them reach their potential isn’t easy. It can be maddening at times.
Let’s a took a look at the areas leaders need grace in.
1. Decisions: You knew this was going to be on the list so I got it out of the way right away.
Leaders are tasked with making decisions, many of those decisions are hard. And all decisions have consequences.
Please give us grace when we have to make a tough decision. It’s not easy and weights heavily on us.
2. Action: A leader has to be ready to take action. Whether this is moving forward a church or business in a new direction or letting go of an employee, leaders must move forward. Read more...