Think of Yourself as a Leader of Your Life, Not Just at Work
Everyone can be a Leader 24/7
I believe that everyone is a leader-not just those that have a fancy title.
“In a world that is changing as rapidly as this one, we need to think differently about leadership,” says Susan Collins, author of Our Children Are Watching: Ten Skills for Leading the Next Generation to Success.
“Leading is not done by those few in high places, but by parents and teachers and managers and those governing-all working together to create the world that we want.”
Lead from the Inside Out
Leadership is a way of life; it is fully leveraging our best self, our unique strengths and talents. Leadership starts on the inside. “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” writes John C. Maxwell, in his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. “If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the leader you want to be on the outside.” And that is 24/7-not just on the job!
Qualities of Leaders:
Because leadership is so connected to who we are deep down, every leader has a different style. Some charge full-steam ahead while other go about it more quietly.
We now know that no style is necessarily better than the others-it’s the inner qualities that make the difference.
Cultivate the Right Attitude
Leaders know the difference a positive attitude makes and that great things can result just from having the right attitude. A drive for learning. Learning never stops; Leaders are committed to learning from others, from opportunities and from mistakes. Commitment to values. Leaders make an unwavering commitment to their values. True commitment inspires courage, passion and creativity. Communication. Leaders are skilled listeners.
Woodrow Wilson said, “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
The best leaders thrive on helping others achieve their personal best; they are motivated by a desire for the highest good for all rather than personal glory.
p.s. I always am interested in what you think about these discussions. Please post your thoughts on the blog…your constructive criticism and support is appreciated!
Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
Your Mojo Maven
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