It is easy for many people to become lost in titles. Being a CEO or boss doesn’t always reflect on one’s leadership skills. Being a leader takes on a much deeper responsibility to those in the business. Being a leader is not about what benefits them but what will help others. By understanding some of the basic principles of leadership, one can understand what is expected of people in such a role.
Entitlement Vs Servitude
Leadership is about obligations and duties. Leaders do not get caught up in the ego of their title. Everyone mutually has great value and contributes in their own way. A leader doesn’t look at what others can do for him/her. They look at what they can provide to others. This attitude of servitude is an investment in character. Once people see that their leader is considerate to them, they will likely carry the same outlook. As a result, everyone serves each other. People will follow suit after seeing their leader set the example.
Instilling the Vision
When others may be unable to see the bigger picture, leaders are visionaries that share their visions with others. A huge part of leadership is directing others to that end goal or overall objective. This also requires the leader to maintain the team’s focus on the long-term aim and mission itself. Keeping everyone motivated will greatly payoff. Motivation can come through consistent verbal acknowledgement or incentivizing. By creating incentives, employees have the opportunity to expand their potential and be rewarded for their contribution.
Commit to Continued Education
Becoming a leader is a journey, a great leader commits themselves to continued growth and refinement through education, skills, networking both internally and externally and practical application. As a leader, not only do you commit to the expansion of knowledge for yourself, but others also. Committing to developing your team’s skills as a whole and not just your own will build a strong foundation for your business.