How To Be A Better Leader
What a leader really is can be quite confusing. The questions of ‘How to be a better leader’ comes up all the time. We often think of leaders as people in positions of power, sitting behind giant mahogany desks wearing a red tie.
While this may, at times, still be true, we are beginning to see a shift, and I want you to realize that anyone is capable of being a leader.
Education, title, role… None of this matters. It is the mindsets that allows a person to tap into the qualities that demonstrate leadership.
Let’s walk through some of the ways in which you can start implementing that mindset today.
1. Create More Leaders
As a leader, one of the most important qualities we can have is the ability to create other leaders. To empower everyone in our lives to step up to their potential.
The results from this can catapult your business into the stratosphere. Instead of having a company of followers, you will have enabled a powerful army, with unique talents and skills, to work towards a common goal.
When you empower your partner to take a more active role in your relationship, you experience deeper connection and more joyful love.
When we lead from the front in every part of our life, we allow those whom we surround ourselves with to be their best selves. To show up in ways that you never thought possible. Give them the right tools, unleash them upon the world, and watch miracles happen.
2. Lend a Hand
Don’t micromanage unnecessarily, but when those around you are struggling, be ready to step up to bat.
“You’re going to have to get down and dirty in the trenches once in a while. It shows you that you fully are invested and value the contribution that your people have put into it.”
Make sure you’re not so bogged down in there that you can’t see the meta view, but don’t be afraid to do what needs to be done in the moment.
3. Know Your Weaknesses and When to Delegate
Be fully aware of your zone of genius, and where to bring others in to fill in your weak spots. You may find yourself more productive and efficient, focusing on things you enjoy.
A coach can really help in these instances because our job is to objectively point out the blind spots that are holding you back. That’s our zone of genius.
When you delegate to others, instill a sense of trust that empowers them to do their best work. Obviously, make sure they know what they are doing, and once they do, let them soar!
This gives you more time to focus on growing your vision, doing what excites you, and enjoying a sense of fulfillment.
4. Be Humble, Authentic, and Selfless
The more you show up as yourself, the more powerful you are. If you try to lead like Steve Jobs, you will fail. You aren’t Steve Jobs – you are you, and you have extraordinary potential. Embrace your quirks and express them in a way that is totally you. You will be loved, respected, and admired.
5. Come From a Service Mindset
This runs in the same vein of empowering others to be their best. When you come from a service mindset, you are working from a place of vision and passion. Even when you make a mistake, if your actions are aligned with being of total service towards your vision and desire, you really can’t do anything “wrong.” We are human, after all.
Which brings me to my next point:
6. Fix the Mistake, Learn from Failure, and Move On
7. Be the Solution – And Drive Towards It
Often times you will need to devise a plan from thin air. Learn to trust your intuition (link to adaptive unconscious).
You have so many years of life experience under your belt. If you aren’t sure which course to take, pretend that you have already made the decision and see how it feels in your body (link to choice).
8. Hold Steadfast To Your Vision and Bring It Into the Present
Yes, it can be risky to listen to that inner voice that is calling you. And it can be even more scary to follow that inner voice and take a leap. To start developing a business, take a relationship to the next level, or build your dream life…
But here’s a tip:
Nothing happens in the future. You can do all of the planning and future visioning you want, but unless you break it down into actionable steps and come from that place, your plan will take so much longer to implement – or it may never happen at all.
9. Listen to Others
I can’t emphasize this enough.
In his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Dr. Covey implores us to “Seek first to understand, then be understood.”
Before you discipline someone or feel the urge to tell everyone about all of the amazing things you are up to in the world, try doing the opposite. Listen. Understand. There is so much to learn, so many opportunities to be astounded. People will amaze and inspire you on a daily basis.
At the crux of it all, when you show up as your true self, empower others, improve your environment and bring your vision into the present, you become a magnetic force that inspires others to be their best.
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