I have acknowledged many leaders in my 27 years on this planet. Professors, bosses, mentors – for better or worse I marched along to the beat of their drum. Some were good, some were awful (we’ve all been there). But I’m not here to complain about the literal ‘man’ in charge.
This post is about what makes a good leader. It isn’t a title, it isn’t a dollar amount, and it isn’t being the best at something. True leaders are the people we look up to. And this is what they’re like…
True leaders lead by example. They don’t delegate from behind the desk, they are out there doing the work. Leaders shouldn’t ask you do to anything they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, do themselves. Leaders should know what it means to do the task; they’ve got to be able to show you how it’s done.
True leaders also lead from the back. They encourage you, support you, and integrate themselves as a part of the team. They are not ahead of you, or above you, or beyond you.
True leaders use their skills and energy to attract people to them. Leaders are approachable and open. Leaders listen to their people actively, thereby letting them know that they are genuinely interested in their success.
True leaders know that their success is dependent on the success of the team. They identify the strengths of their people and use them to the team’s advantage. Leaders are able to see and get the best out of people. Leaders empower. Leaders create leaders.
True leaders inspire. They attack the day with enthusiasm and make the day worth something. They effect change with strategic ease. Leaders make things happen.
I see so many people out there trying to be in charge by looking down on others, bullying, shutting people out, and making other people do all the work. I aspire to be the kind of leader one day I have written about here, I want to effect change with people – empowered people – and make this world a better place.
Thanks for reading!