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Do you dream of having hundreds, no thousands, no millions of followers? People who will listen to what you have to say and follow every piece of advice you lay out before them?

This sounds like a dream come true. With a huge following, you’ve made it to the big time. Everyone wants a piece of you.

One of my recent TV addictions has been the TV show The Following. The protagonist is Joe Carroll, an author, teacher, and serial killer. He’s also generated a massive following from behind bars.

His followers include police officers, school teachers, nannies, and more.

Carroll’s followers rival anything I’ve ever seen before. You can’t turn anywhere in this TV universe without running into one of them.

For Carroll, this was a partial Nirvana. He had people who loved and adored him.

When I first moved into a leadership role my passions overpowered my leadership abilities. I was naive about what it required to be an effective leader. However, through my personal growth and hands on experience I quickly learned what it would take for me, a young leader, to be successful in my role.

Knowing and adapting some irrefutable leadership principles into your life will position you toward being a successful leader. I would like to share with you 5 keys that will help you be a successful leader.

5 Keys To Leadership

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1. Self-leadership- To be successful and effective in a leadership role requires being able to lead yourself successfully. Chinese philosopher Kao Tzu said, “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Start by learning about your unique self, your personality, strengths, and emotional tendencies. After you know yourself begin to manage your actions and attitude. This will show people you are worth following.

How To Lead Worldwide

February 26, 2014 — 11 Comments

That day was a special day, I was sixteen years old and getting my very first pager (yes, you read that right). I had saved up for a month, which was a miracle back then and ready to enter the “digital age.”

Are you ready to take the world by storm?

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Driving home with my new pager on my hip was exciting, people now had the ability to reach me anywhere. It didn’t take long for the excitement to wear off though because shortly after I got that pager, cell phones started to become popular.

Great, now I had to save for a cell phone! Once I got that cell phone, newer and better cell phones were released. You know how it goes with technology, something newer and better is released just as you get the older version.

Influence is at the heart of leadership. Our actions should inspire and influence our tribe to become better. To do more. To be more.

However, we sometimes do things that make us lose our influence as leaders.

Beached sailboats

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Be on guard for the actions that will make your leadership less effective and for you to lose your influence over your tribe. Your influence is valuable and it’s key to being a leader.

As you’re leading, take care to not lose your influence.

Have a Do as I say, not as I do attitude: Our actions speak louder than words. When we expect others to do as we say but not as we do, our tribe begins to notice.

Those once great followers will soon turn away. They’ll realize you’re all talk, no action. Don’t let your actions tell your tribe you’re not a leader.

As a leader, I often wonder how far the influence of my leadership will reach. Has it touched those I’m working with today? Will they remember me tomorrow?

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Image by JJ Hall

The questions come and go in my mind. I know I want to leave a legacy of touching others and leaving them better than when I first met them.

The problem is we don’t always see the change take place in the people we lead. This can lead to frustration as a leader. We may even want to quit because of we never see the change.

Today, I want to encourage you to get rid of this thinking. It’s not good for those you’re leading. It’s not good for you.

Searching For Sugar Man

A recent movie has really cemented my thinking in this regard. The movie was Searching For Sugar Man.