What does it take to lead in today’s economy? Why do some people thrive in business and organizations and some people falter? How does a person take their life, business or organization from where they are to where they want to be?
First, the everyday leader must be able to lead from the inside out. This means knowing who you are as an everyday leader in business. In order to know who you are, you must first know what you stand for as a leader. You must identify the fears and the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from being powerful beyond measure. The majority of business and organizational problems that exist today are a direct result of personal problems—the inability to lead the self. The failure to acknowledge your limitations will keep you stagnant and status quo. Always ask, “Who am I as a Leader?” and “What is holding me back from achieving what I want?” Identifying
the factors that hold you back is often half the battle. Remember, you cannot change what you do not acknowledge. Also, in order to lead yourself effectively, you need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Most people spend too much time working in the areas of weakness and as a result they take twice as along to complete their task. Whereas, people who work in their ‘strength Zone’ not only complete their task in record time, but they enjoy completing the task (because their good at it). Once you identify your strengths and weaknesses always remember to develop your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.
Second, everyday leaders must be able to perform at their potential daily. This means living with daily purpose and answering two questions of clarity: “What do I want?” and “Why do I want it?” Clarity is power! Plain and simple: when we are clear, we are focused. Often, chaos develops because everyday leaders are not clear on what they want. Everyday leaders cast a clear vision identifying where they want to be in the future. If you do not know where you are going how will you know when you arrive at their destination? Everyday leaders take action and grow themselves daily--what I call the 3% rule? If you invest just 3% (22 minutes) a day and use that time to grow and develop yourself, you will create unstoppable momentum. This may be reading a chapter in a leadership book, listening to an audio cd, or conversing with a mentor. If you are not growing, your people around you aren’t growing, your business is not growing, and you are not increasing your potential to boost revenue and build meaningful business relationships.
Third, an everyday leader must be a servant leader as opposed to a self-serving leader. In order to get what you want, you must give people what they want. In other words you must add value to others. When conversing with a colleague, client or friend, always ask, “What can I do for you?” instead of, “What can you do for me?” When you do this, you will see enormous growth in your relationship development and capital. Let’s face it, people want to help and work for people they like. When working with others, create an environment of kindness. When you serve others by giving them what they want, you will always receive more than you can ever imagine.
As you increase your leadership ability you will move from following to leading.