HOW TO BE THE LEADER THAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE

What do you think of when you hear the word leadership?

Do you think of public officials? Complete and ultimate power? That high school coach that pushed you to your breaking point?

Leadership is one of those subjective words that can be difficult to define. Everybody has their own definition of what it means to be a great leader and everybody approaches the task of being a leader in a different way.

I am a big believer in personal development. In fact, my coach always say, “Your success will never exceed your level of personal development.” And since my business is growing exponentially, I decided that it would be a great time to take an intensive leadership course and really hone in on that skill. Turns out, there was a lot that I needed to learn!

We Are All Leaders

I do believe that there are people who take to leadership roles more naturally. Those people who instinctively take charge and push their team to victory. Does that mean that only those people are leaders?

Not a chance!

We are all leaders in our own way. You lead your household, your business, your dinner party. Wherever your passion lies tends to be the area you take control. And since we all have the ability to be a leader, we all need to be aware of how we are leading.

Communication

As a leader, it is important to be aware of how you are communicating with your team (whether that team is your family or your business). Not everybody understands or processes information in the same way. What I learned in my leadership training is that the main reason is because each of us has a unique past, and filter by which we interpret information. So using a one-size-fits-all approach is bound to cause conflict.

Take some time to get to know what makes each member of your team or family (or each of your friends) tick. Then change your communication style to fit the needs of each member. In our leadership training we call this, style flexing. Not only does this make your team function a lot more efficiently, but it shows them that you care about them as individuals and genuinely want them to succeed.

 

Not a chance!

We are all leaders in our own way. You lead your household, your business, your dinner party. Wherever your passion lies tends to be the area you take control. And since we all have the ability to be a leader, we all need to be aware of how we are leading.

Community

Fostering a sense of community with your team creates a collaborative space that is open to new and interesting ideas. People are more likely to share their thoughts, feelings, and innovations with you as a leader if they feel like they are welcomed.

Creating a community also helps your team members feel comfortable coming to you when they are feeling overwhelmed or close to burnout. Keep lines of communication open so that you are always in the know on what’s happening!

We’ve all had that boss or other leadership figures in our lives who were so closed off or wrapped up in their own life it was impossible to talk to them about anything.

Vulnerable moment here: that used to be me! And I never want to be that person again!

Responsibility

At the end of the day, you are only responsible for you. You can only control your actions, energy, and behavior. You can’t force anybody else to do something or be a certain way. This is both frustrating and liberating.

Lead by example.

The best way to instill a sense of responsibility and positive energy into your team is to always practice what you preach. Encourage your team members, give them praise, practice by doing. If you are showing that those things are a priority to you, then your team members will adopt that into their lifestyle.

I learned so much from the leadership course that I took. I learned about myself, and my leadership style, but most importantly, I learned how to understand others better and faster. I learned how I want to interact with people going forward. I urge you to keep working on your personal development whenever the opportunity arises.

Your success in life is truly limited by your personal development and the time you are willing to take to work on yourself!

This is an investment that will continue to pay off in your career and in your personal life!

Creating a community also helps your team members feel comfortable coming to you when they are feeling overwhelmed or close to burnout. Keep lines of communication open so that you are always in the know on what’s happening!

We’ve all had that boss or other leadership figures in our lives who were so closed off or wrapped up in their own life it was impossible to talk to them about anything.

Vulnerable moment here: that used to be me! And I never want to be that person again!

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