Here are 9 leadership tips I heard on recent podcasts by Perry Noble and Andy Stanley. You can use these tips right away. Review these with your team. Discuss them during staff meetings. Discuss how each one relates to your organization. How can they make you better leaders? Look for examples where you can apply each one and how it makes a difference.
1 – Vision, beliefs, purpose, values, hopes, dreams – these are the pillars of leadership. When you lead with these and lift people up you get results. Replace trivial things with these pillars and inspire your people.
2 – Take your people somewhere – the goal of leadership is to take your followers somewhere. Somewhere significant. Somewhere that matters. Somewhere that makes a difference. Help them accomplish dreams. Take your people on a journey, not just a destination.
3 – Good things happen when you – engage others, help others win and lead with humility.
4 – Don’t look inward – you lose focus as a leader when you focus on you. Leadership is about the people you lead. Focus on your people and vision. Look outward.
5 – Love people – love translates through all cultures. It’s universal. People need to know you care. Show them.
6 – Develop your people don’t do everything for them – leadership isn’t about doing everything for your people. It’s about developing them and teaching them how to lead.
7 – When you get comfortable start asking questions – complacency and comfort are a warning sign you need to start asking questions. Challenge things. Start asking why. Why do we do it this way? Embrace challenges. Embrace change. Challenge the status quo. Challenge yourself. Don’t accept something just because. Complacency and comfort don’t make things move forward. Get uncomfortable.
8 – Lead by example – do what you say you will do. Model the behaviors you want. Live the values. You will earn trust over time. Lead with character.
9 – Simplify the complex – we live in a complex environment. The pace of work is fast. It’s global in nature. What used to take weeks now takes minutes. People like things simple. Make things as simple as possible. It seems simple, but it’s not. Great leaders can take complex issues and strategies and break them down so people understand them. Simplify.
What else would you add to the list?