Everyone has definite strengths to lead, it is each one’s willingness to uncover the gifts or abilities we possess so we create a better environment for others to rise up and be inspired to lead as well.
Willingness to lead includes an affirmation to take on the responsibilities and the commitment to press on to whatever it takes to establish a better outcome of the relationship whether organizational or personal, that you agreed to be part of.
Ever had a toddler who doesn’t listen to your command, but copies exactly what you do without you even telling him to do so?
The same case goes to aspiring leaders in the field. If you are a decision maker at home or in an institution, you have probably informed your family members or colleagues of the rules, yet they still manage to break it, yet if you do it a hundred percent, with them observing you everyday then they’ll certainly follow what you do.
What are the strengths of true leadership then?
• True Leaders Obey Their Own Rule.
The golden rule for true leadership is once you’ve set a sacred rule, you have to be the first one to do it.
Let’s say you started a burger franchise and you imposed the rule that there must be at least 1/8 cup of oil on the grill only. How do you know if your employees will do it exactly as told? Will you be placing CCTV cameras for you to see what they’re doing? Heck NO.
You’ll have to visit them regularly, and show to them what they should do. The key to getting their commitment is establishing that relationship with them. If you’re a huge company and you’re at the top of the hierarchy, identify a key person who could become that powerful influence to them. It could be your company’s supervisor, team leader or the like. Train them to be people of integrity not just in the office but wherever they go.
• True Leaders Know How to Lift Up Another Leader.
Leadership Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author Dr. John Maxwell says, “Great connectors find common ground and lift the person to higher ground.” That’s something we need to do once we have established a relationship with people.
It’s a bad reputation to see staff leave because they feel that they have not been appreciated much or they’re worth has been thrown off course, but it’s actually a positive sign of growth to see employees persevere and excel in their work then move up to a career or institution they desire in the long run because fact is, they are growing. You’re companies values have molded them.
It may be heartbreaking to see an outstanding employee go, but one thing’s for sure, true leaders don’t keep a collection of good followers; they reproduce great leaders.
• True Leaders Fight to the End.
This statement may sound cliché but it holds true for leaders who want to stay committed. The more you go up to your goals, the more challenges you will encounter. True leaders know that if they are alone, they will never succeed, but if they have the right mindset, knowledge, attitude and people behind them, they can fight to continue what they’ve started.
Leaders are true to themselves and to the people around them regardless of what situation they are in and the criticisms they receive. Will you choose to be that truthful leader?