You quite possibly have the competitive advantage within your people / staff to drive your company to the next level. Leadership and the spirit of leadership may exist within your company, but how do you take advantage of and / or inspire your people to recognize, utilize, learn, and develop into incredible leaders?
It starts with you! If you are not a great leader it is hard to inspire leadership within others. If you are a great leader... what is it that makes you the leader that everyone wants to follow?
If you think about the traits of a great leader, you will quickly notice that all (or most) of the traits are learned and developed.
Leadership characteristics like:
Being a good communicator, creativity, sincerity, leading by example, good decision making skills, listens to others objectively, being open minded, having a positive attitude, hiring the right people, providing direction, focus, commitment, and determination are all skills, traits, & characteristics that can be developed.
There are other characteristics that are important too... this is just a small list of some important traits.
Think about someone you hold as an excellent leader. Think about how this person relates to others, the specific skills, behaviors, traits, & characteristics that they possess.
Now write down all the characteristics that you find admirable. Do you possess all of the same characteristics? Of the ones that you don't possess, are they learned & developed?
Does this give you an action plan for self-development? Could you use this exercise for developing leadership within your company?
Your role as a leader is to provide the vision, direction, goals, values, framework, resources, and long term direction for your company. It is also to inspire & motivate others to give their best. A great place to start is by getting your entire staff into the spirit of leadership so they too can help your company be successful.
Having well organized methods to help you develop yourself and your people into great leaders, and utilizing mentors & coaches to keep you focused is a method of success.
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