The Best Value a True Leader Should Have
Leaders aren’t born; they are made—tempered, tested, and honed. For a true leader to shine, they must have the proper values to make them the most effective leader for a team. Members of the team look up to the leader, so the leader must have the ability to communicate well if they wish to keep the team intact and whole. In fact, one of a leader’s greatest strengths is the ability to take care of people, and that is something that Brigadier General (ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf talks about in her leadership seminars and talks.
Know Who You Are
To be a good leader, you must fully understand yourself. If you don’t know yourself, then it would be hard for you to notice the strengths and weaknesses of other people. Also, by knowing more of yourself, you are more capable of managing to your capabilities—what you are good at and what you are lacking. By acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses, you are better able to work and handle tasks and problems. Also, if you know yourself, you are more able to connect with people, and that is one of the hallmarks of a good leader.
Know Other People
Leaders know how to take care of people, and good leaders like people. If they don’t establish proper rapport with others, team members will not follow and that makes team work impossible. Just like knowing your skills, knowing other peoples’ abilities will enable you to make better decisions for the betterment of the team and the goal. If you know other peoples’ strengths, weaknesses, and values, you can devise plans to make best use of your team to achieve the goal.
The Little Things Count
General LeBoeuf succinctly states, “Leaders, you are watched all the time. The people you lead are watching you.” The people following you will always want to see whether you are really doing what you are preaching and whether or not you are doing the right things for the right reasons. Leaders are held in high regard by the people that follow them so you must always be on guard and keep watch of your actions and words.
Also, everything you do – even the little things — matters. Sometimes the smallest things have a huge impact to the lives of others. To you it may be a simple handshake or pat on the back, but to the people who are following you and who look up to you, this is a huge affirmation and is important for them. If you pass by someone and ask them about their day, make sure you mean it. To you it may only be a casual greeting, but to them it becomes a very big moment and can affect their day and their lives.
To learn more about being a servant leader as discussed by Brigadier General (ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, click here —
As a self-professed “manager from hell,” Steve Caldwell learned through the hard knocks of making mistakes while building a career. Today he serves as a leadership coach, mentor and role model guiding high achieving managers to become the strong leaders their companies, employees and the world needs. He is also author of the book Manager Mojo – Be the Leader that Others Want to Follow (available on Amazon).
“In all arenas, we suffer from a lack of leadership talent,” Steve observes. “Every day employees are promoted into management with no training or support to guide their development into leadership positions. You don’t have to be born to lead. You can learn to lead.” He can be reached by email at Steve@ManagerMojo.com or by phone at (415) 670*9543.