Becoming a Person That Others Want To Follow Part 2
It has been said that if you are leading but no one is following you are simply taking a walk. This is a simple but profound statement that every leader must ask themselves, “Is anyone really following me?” In our previous post we discussed the importance of a leader gaining greater influence and becoming more effective in their leadership.
If you remember we said that leadership is sort of like an “Umbrella.” The umbrella is in the hand of the leader. Under the protection of that umbrella are all the departments of the organization. The success of each department can never, will never, rise any higher than the level at which the leader holds the umbrella. Leadership sets the standard. The higher the standard the more effective the leadership.
So how can we “Enlarge our Umbrella?” How can we gain greater influence and build the kind of characteristics that others would want to follow. There are some key elements that will help you become the leader that others would want to follow:
1) Concern – the ability to show you care
Great leaders have the ability to show concern for people’s deepest needs and interests. This doesn’t mean that you have to be mushy, not everyone is, but you must sense their interest and concerns, show that you care and leave them with the feeling that what they are going through matters to you. One of the greatest statements I have heard regarding this subject is, “Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are in making them feel good about you.”
2) Help – the ability to reach out
To put this simply…Great leaders are Great helpers! They are out to see others profit; to do better. They are willing to help when and where needed to make the other person successful. Zig Ziglar says, “Help enough people achieve success and you will never lack success for yourself.”
3) Action = the ability to make things happen
Something always seems to be happening around a person with charisma. The charismatic person has an aversion to being boring. They have an ability to create action…the kind of action that people want to be around. They are movers, shakers, history makers and that kind of energy is contagious. If you want to be a great leader that others want to follow, then be a person of action.
4) Results – the ability to produce
People want to be on the winning team and great leaders that produce will never lack for people to want to join their squad. Be a person who executes and who gets results. Develop a winning tradition in your life and career. If you develop this kind of characteristic in your life, people will do almost anything to partner with you.
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
– British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery
Posted on August 17, 2010, in compassion, Habits, influence, Leadership, Personal Growth, recognition and tagged compassion, Effective Leader, Leadership, Personal Growth, respect, take action, Unlock Potential. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.