Feb 11, 2018
Today, I just compiled some of my thoughts on paper and put
together five leadership notes.
Many people think they are leaders. Some are correct… and
frankly, some are not. Sometimes people are just wrong in their
assessment. Right now, in 2018, anyone with some social accounts
and money to spend on ads can stake their claim. Just having a
desire or a claim to leadership doesn’t mean a person has the
assets, character, courage or fortitude to be a leader. It doesn’t
mean they can teach others, or have the work ethic. Real leadership
takes a lot of work.
often assume that once they are in management and they are given a
leadership title that is enough. Real leadership is more than a
title. It’s deeds, it's what you do. What we do, what we take
action on far outweighs any title we can be given. If you have the
title, but people aren’t following you – either you are keeping
your talents to yourself (not a good leadership trait), or you need
to step outside yourself and be real in an assessment of your
Here are my leadership notes (in no particular order):
- You must care: You must care about the
people. You have to take the time to get to know them. People that
are indifferent or disconnected, do not make good leaders. And they
won’t retain people to follow them for any length of time. A solid
question for anyone in leadership to ask is, “Is this person better
off now, than when I came into their life?”
- You have to care more about the people than the
process: People are our single most valuable asset.
If you don’t have people… who are you leading? I love the process
or goal setting and achievement as much as anyone. But, you must
have the people to execute the processes.
- Sense of purpose allows the most impactful
growth. Power is not the defining factor for most
very successful leaders. Most highly successful leaders are not
about the money… though through their success, the money shows up.
The driver… it’s purpose. They know deep down what their passion
is, and what is driving them. They know that what they do will make
an impact on their team, staff, their whole network. And they take
- Strong leaders develop people: Leadership
is a talent magnet – people are simply attracted to other people
that are real. Leaders are fearless in the development of others.
They know that over time if they really grow someone to maximize
their potential it makes for a markedly stronger team. If you can’t
or won’t develop talent, or retain "talent" you are not a leader,
you are a manager.
- Leaders produce results: People that are
real leaders perform – they get the job done. Leaders have an
understanding that goals are meant to be met, not just set. They
push themselves and their people to accomplish, not just try.
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