Leadership is a privilege. It’s more than being high profile–it comes with responsibilities. As a position of influence, leadership also comes with a list of duties. These three qualities exemplify a propensity for strong leadership.
Check Your Ego at the Door
Positions of leadership afford many benefits. Most are loved and lavished. But when ego enters the picture, those benefits can become liabilities. We tend to pedestal our leaders; they are held in high regard and often adored.
Acknowledgment feels good and it can be validating. But anyone who has been pedestalled and dethroned can tell you the cliche is true: The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall. I’ll add to that: The Bigger The Head, The More It Hurts (when you fall, that is).
A leader can’t always help being pedestaled. The more a person is loved and respected, the more likely he or she is to be held in high regard. That’s not a bad thing and it’s not always the leader’s fault when he or she is knocked down from his or her pedestal. The less ego invested, the more easily one will recover.
One of the biggest challenges is to temper the ego when you’re revered as a person of influence. Keep reminding yourself that it’s okay to receive acknowledgment, and always remember to express gratitude. Never take followers or those influenced by you for granted.
Set A Good Example
My mother used to say, “Do as I say, and not as I do.” In most cases my mom set a great example; one which my sisters and I followed into adulthood. I’m guessing there were other times–when she used the phrase mentioned above–she probably wasn’t so saintly.
That might have worked for my mom, but unless you’re a dictator, it won’t work for you as a leader. You might get a pass or two now and then but those you influence will lose respect for you if you have two codes of behavior. Set a powerful example by taking action in ways you expect others to act.
Always Be Teachable
There’s always something more to learn. Just because you’re a leader doesn’t mean you know it all. Exercise humility. Be willing to listen to the thoughts and ideas of others. None are more loved than those who refrain from placing themselves above others and none are more loathed than those who silence the voices of those they attempt to influence.
Is this all to be said about leadership? Hardly. Yet these three qualities, when possessed or aspired to by one whose desire it is to influence others, will set the course for growth and expansion for all concerned. Anyone who leads this way knows the value of being open to becoming the best he or she can be.
Judith Cassis is a New York Times Bestselling ghostwriter, blogger and book coach. She is the founder of The Golden Pen Writers Guild and Writers Mastermind Alliance and publisher of theWriter to Writer series. Follow her blog: www.judithcassis.com and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.cassis. Private and group sessions are available for scheduling. Judith offers free group lectures and teleseminars based upon availability. Email email@example.com to schedule
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