A boss may tell their team what they are going to do and how it is to be done, but a leader paints a vision that is larger than any single person. This vision may inspires the team to work together to achieve a goal that perhaps no one could do on their own.
Years ago, after I bought his book, Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got, I heard he was launching a program for small-business owners. So I applied. After he checked my references and read my application, he offered me a spot.
Even when things look bleak and your followers start feel disheartened, try to stay positive. This does not mean viewing things through rose-colored glasses. It simply means maintaining a sense of optimism and hope in the face of challenges.
Not everyone has been blessed with the opportunity to be led by influential and competent leaders. In fact, you might be shuddering at the very thought of reliving your experiences with them, or perhaps you have mended those wounds and are now lucky enough to be exposed to someone with an inspiring style of leadership.
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Discuss your experience. Without showing off, let your employees understand how long you’ve been in the business and what you have achieved while you were there. Not only will they have a better understanding of why you’re sitting in the boss’ chair, but they’ll be more excited to be a part of your team and will admire you.
However, it’s also freeing at the same time. Once I actually said out loud that I wanted to become a New York Times bestselling author, it became crystal clear what I needed to do in order to achieve my goal. I focused all of my attention on those things.
Jack rules by fear. He taunts and punishes. He doesn’t care for order or rules, only fun…HIS FUN. He is selfish and cruel. He is any number of the tyrants who have ruled in the world and have been made to stand down by other more humane leaders.
Executives are energetic, outgoing, and competitive. They can be visionary, hard-working, and decisive. However, managers need to be aware of unsuccessful executives who once showed management potential but who are later dismissed or retired early. They typically fail because of personality factors rather than job performances.
Makes sense right? But, what if you don’t have strong leadership abilities? A lot of people think that you have to be born a leader but luckily science shows that’s not true. According to the University of Illinois, leadership is based 30% on genetics and 70% on acquired skills and experiences. This proves that the Law of the Lid is not fixed–your limits raise along with your personal development.