If you recall the times that you are at work and you start getting to get frustrated because things don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be?
There are people that are just milling around getting nothing accomplished. And in the daily hustle and bustle, do you feel that your goals remain just that – goals. Then maybe its time for you to stand up and do something about it.
There are a lot of people that are content just to stand around listening for orders. And it isn’t unusual to adopt a follow-the-leader mentality.
But maybe, somewhere inside of you, you feel the desire to make things happen – to be the head, not the tail. Then maybe leadership just suits you fine.
Some people Understand and really believe that great leaders are made, not born. Yes, it may be true that some people are born with natural talents. However, without practice, without drive, without enthusiasm, and without experience, there can be no outstanding development in leadership.
The Work of Leader Development is Never Over.
It must be understood that a leaders work is never completely done. You must be always honing your skills and studying to improve their natural skills. This takes a commitment to constantly improve in whatever endeavor a person chooses.
Taking it step by step let’s define leadership. To be a leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish a goal, or an objective. He contributes to the organization and cohesion of a group.
Don’t let the word organization throw you of, it is not like you are in some type of multi million dollar project. Organization could be only 4 people working to produce or create something
Many people think that leadership is just power and you get to say what ever come to mind. Contrary to what most people believe, leadership is not about power. It is not about harassing people or driving them using fear.
It is about encouraging others towards the goal of the organization. It is putting everyone on the same page and helping them see the big picture of the organization. You must be a leader not a boss.
You Must Get People to Follow What you Say.
When people see a clear sense of purpose they tend to follow. People will only follow you if they see that you know where you are going.
There is a bumper sticker that says, don’t follow me, I’m lost too? The same holds true for leadership. If you yourself do not know where you’re headed to, chances are people will not follow you at all.
You yourself must have a mental vision of the organization. Having a clear sense of hierarchy, knowing who the bosses are, who to talk to, the organization’s goals and objectives, and how the organization works is the only way to show others you know what you are doing.
Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It’s about who you are, what you know, and what you do. You are a reflection of what you’re subordinates must be.
Studies have shown that one other bases of good leadership is the trust and confidence your subordinates have of you. If they trust you they will go through hell and high water for you and for the organization.
Trust and Confidence is Built on Good Relationships, Trustworthiness, and High Ethics.
The way you understand and deal with your people, and the relationships you build will lay the foundation for the strength of your group. The stronger your relationship, the stronger their trust and confidence is in your capabilities.
Once you have their trust and confidence, you may now proceed to communicate the goals and objectives you are to undertake.
Communication is a very important if not the most important key to good leadership. Without this you can not be a good leader. The knowledge and technical expertise you have must be clearly imparted to other people.
Also, you can not be a good leader and unless you have good judgment. You must be able to assess situations, weigh the pros and cons of any decision, and actively seek out a solution.
It is this judgment that your subordinates will come to rely upon. Therefore, good decision-making is vital to the success of your organization.
Leaders are not do-it-all heroes. You should not claim to know everything, and you should not rely upon your skills alone.
You should recognize and take advantage of the skills and talents your subordinates have. Only when you come to this realization will you be able to work as one cohesive unit.
Remember being a leader takes a good deal of work and time. It is not learned overnight. Remember, also, that it is not about just you. It is about you and the people around you.
This article on how to become a leader in life might have awaken something within you that you never noticed before at work or else where. Now you have the tools to make a change.
So, do you have the drive and the desire to serve required of leaders? Do you have the desire to work cooperatively with other people? Then start now. Take your stand and be leader today.