What makes the leaders we read about in the media every day, popular fiction for regular men and women like us, so incredibly popular?
A majority of these leaders are charismatic, they’re well spoken, and they ARE in fact celebs. And we all love our celebrities! Even though their suggestions will never be actionable for us and only a tiny percentage of what they offer is transferable to us isn’t important. We feel good hearing their story.
For many of us leadership is defined by our experiences. We are emotionally charged by our individual perceptions when we’re asked to define leadership; let’s face it, leaders are always viewed with glamor and awe.
Folks who wish to be leaders often just duplicate the actions and behavior of business leaders we respect without ever understanding what it really means to be a good leader.
A great leader listens to the observations of their employees before reacting. Your employees want to provide you with their ideas, share their concerns about the business, and pass along information and general day-to-day chit chat.
Please avoid distractions and interrupting – even if you already know the response. Always let your employee have their say, especially if you are already prepared to disagree with them – you could learn something that changes your mind.
And make certain to let your employee to finish their communication – you must show respect for their ideas if you expect to get their respect for yours. All of us have a natural wish to be listened to and allowing employees to complete their thoughts – frequently something they have put a good deal of effort into, goes a long way in creating the respect you’ll need in order to lead.
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What exactly makes a great leader you ask? Are there any verified leadership development formulas that can be cloned? Apparently there aren’t or we would have read the book by now and becoming a leader would be simple, if not downright easy. Let’s face it, if being a leader was easy – everybody would already be one and we would not be so consumed with learning the secret, the key, the shortcut to effective leadership.
Actually of course that there is no single formula for leadership success. Needless to say when we add the human factor into any formula we have added unique variables into every possible equation. People are unique, situations are unique, and the circumstances of every business are unique. There are as many leadership development formulas for business leadership success as there are successful leaders.
So, what are the characteristics of an every day leader? If you ask anyone about leadership, what it is, how do you get it, and how do you recognize it, you will certainly get so many answers, most of which are probably be right – that you would be no better off than you were before you posed the question.
A lot of people naturally believe that leadership is a talent one is born with, some think it is a skill that can be acquired. Either way, leadership, particularly business leadership has a single straightforward and simple meaning.
In a nutshell, business leadership is the ability, however acquired, to consistently influence others – especially those who look to us for guidance. In other words, it is the ability to attract followers and influence their actions and attitudes at work.
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