While some people are more natural leaders than others, the best leaders are those who went beyond cultivating their own leadership skills, and instead created a culture of leadership in their organizations. The reality is that leadership doesn’t belong to just one person. Leadership inspires others much like a contagious force.
Let’s explore the vision, purpose and values that are all part of a leader’s role.
Great leaders use leadership like an engine of innovation that runs on change, truth, communication and vision. Great leaders make a difference in the lives of their people, their organizations, and the processes that have cultivated the business.
Great leaders want workers to bring their brains to work. The fastest way to lower an organization’s IQ is to create a culture of followers. Employees who follow the rules and never think outside their job descriptions are not contributing to the success of an organization.
Great leaders appreciate and acknowledge their employees. It has been proven gain and again that employees want and need more than money to be motivated. What people want is a basic emotional human need — to feel appreciated.
Great leaders create loyalty. Leadership is not an ego game but rather it is purpose driven. In a recent presentation, Frances Hesselbein (President/CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit management, lauded for her role as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of America from 1976-1990) addressing the Women President’s Organization told the audience that great leaders always put their purpose first – never their own egos.
Great leaders know that leadership impacts the bottom line. Leadership is not “a nice to have.” It is a necessity. It requires adapting to changing forces in the marketplace, managing generational differences and embracing social responsibility and philanthropy. In summary it creates a healthy environment that is a powerful force that impacts productivity and profitability.
Great leaders own an authentic personal brand. In the age of social media, personal brands grow and spread like wildfire on Twitter, Facebook and in the Blogosphere. Every leader needs to preserve their honesty, integrity and personal image.
Great leaders hold themselves accountable. Leadership doesn’t just happen. It’s a personal and organizational muscle that needs to be worked. One of the ways to help organize the information both in mind and in organization is the Get Real approach to leadership.