If you were given four things you could do right now to be a better leader, what would they be? You could work on them all year where you work, with your family, friends and co-workers. No seminar, no courses, just activities that drive results.
You have free reign. No permission needed. All you have to do is start and finish. You can’t just say you are going to do it, start and then quit half-way through. You have to finish.
You have to “do the work”.
You have to make an investment. You have to invest enough in yourself to finish and believe in yourself.
Or, you can be like the people who get a gym membership in January but quit by March. They aren’t commited to finishing. They don’t want to do the work.
Don’t be one of those people.
Commit to these four things. Don’t let anything hold you back. Lead and make a difference. What’s on the other side is worth it. The finish line is great.
Do This Work
1. Take care of your people first. Get the best people available. Serve your people every day. They will serve your customers. Choose people who have a predisposition to serve others. You will need a hiring process that aligns with this objective. People make the difference in your organization.
2. Be driven by serving rather than being served. Fulfill this responsibility and success will come. Your customers will advertise for you. Make excellence your objective, not size. Create a desire to serve with your inner sense of excellence. Raving Fans await.
3. Earn the trust of your people. Too many leaders think they are given trust with their position or title. Trust is earned over time. Leaders with integrity and character don’t need a title or a position to lead. They influence. Influence doesn’t care about hierarchy. Intregrity and character build trust. Trust leads to influence. Leadership is influence.
Moral authority influences and leads.
Influence gets behind the people. Power and authority hover over them
4. Be positive. Create positive energy. It’s easy to complain, point fingers and blame. Positive people create positive results. Positive leaders bring out the best in others and themselves.
Positive energy creates optimism, trust, enthusiasm, love, purpose, joy, passion, and spirit to live, work, and perform at a higher level – Jon Gordon, author of
“The Energy Bus”.
Positive leaders encourage their people.
Encourage a learning organization and leadership education.
Inspire and motivate.
Encourage their people to think freely and creatively.
Encourage an entrepreneurial culture and spirit.
Focus on the customer.
Positive leaders are transparent. They communicate the negative and positive regularly.
Choose to encourage.
It’s your choice. Work on these four things. Choose just one. The key is to start. The other key is to finish.
Resistance will whisper that you don’t need to finish. Resistance will shout, “Don’t start. You don’t need to improve. You don’t need to get better.”
Resistance is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, and prevent us from doing our work. Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work – Steven Pressfield, author “Do The Work”.
It’s up to you. Leadership is a choice. Don’t listen to the resistance. Finish what you start and lead.
What other leadership “work” would you add to the list?