How is your leadership? John Maxwell has great advice. Below is my two cents worth of explanation.
Are you character driven, or emotion driven? Character driven people “do right, then feel good; are commitment driven; make principles-based decisions; let action control attitude; ask what are my responsibilities; are steady; and are leaders”. Emotion driven people “feel good, then do right; are convenience driven; make popular based decisions; let attitude control action; ask what are my rights; are moody; and are followers”. Do you rely on character or emotion?
Leo Tolstoy has a quote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. People unwilling to grow will never reach their potential. How are you changing and therefore growing?
Have you mastered your emotions? This doesn’t mean turning off your feelings. It means you shouldn’t let your feelings prevent you from doing what you should or drive you to do things you shouldn’t. In today’s world, we tend to get caught up in emotions and as a great leader, you need to control those emotions and feelings when it comes time to make a decision or to act.
Leaders Affirm and Encourage their followers. Compliments are an affirmation and statement of truth and that cultivates a conviction within that person.
Fear limits a leader. It limits all of us. The ironic part is that those who don’t have the courage to take risks and those who do, experience the same amount of fear in life. The only difference is that those who don’t take chances worry about trivial things. If you have to overcome your doubts and fears anyway, you might as well make it count. Let’s make it count today!
Leaders develop leaders. As Andrew Carnegie replied, “Men are developed the same as gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold. But you don’t go into the mine looking for dirt,” he added “You go in looking for gold.” How are you developing positive, successful people?
Good effective leaders learn to adapt to those they lead by conforming their leadership style for the individual. Everyone does not respond to the same kind of leadership, therefore you as a leader need to conform the way you deal with people. You still treat everyone with kindness and respect, but you will likely need to change your methods of communicating and leading each individual.