"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." —Lao Tzu
We talk about leaders and leadership nearly every day in the business world, but have you ever tried to actually define leadership? It can be much harder than you may think, but taking the time to define leadership and what makes a leader is crucial to building a cohesive culture and developing future leaders.
Who then is a leader? There have been countless people through history that led people but were inhumane and destructive. Does that still make them leaders? For some, a leader is someone who does more than just lead people. They have to be driven by the right motivation and make a positive impact on the people around them.
Here is a list of habits of unforgettable leaders that you too can embrace and practice to succeed on a personal, team and company level.
Implement Reading Time:
Successful leaders trust the undeniable benefits that the habit of daily reading offers them. Reading helps you become smarter, improve mental clarity, reduce stress, increase your knowledge base, grow your vocabulary, improve memory, activate your reasoning skills, improve your ability to focus and concentrate, increase writing skills, gives you piece of mind and is a great source of entertainment.
Practice what you preach:
One of the most important parts of leadership is having a vision and then showing your team how to make that vision a reality by being a role model to them. Only through walking the talk will the people around you feel inspired and excited to follow you on the journey and want to contribute to the organization’s success.
Careful organization and planning are indispensable aspects of leadership. You cannot lead yourself, others or your business if you are not organized enough to have a clear plan and the processes in place to make sure those plans are carried out.
It is a common misconception that being responsible is the same thing as being accountable. Being accountable means you are answerable and willing to accept the outcomes or results of a project or activity. Responsibility on the other hand, goes much further. It is the mindset that says - you are the person who must make this happen.
Accepting failure will push you to try things you have never tried before and potentially win big. There's nothing worse than working for someone who believes they can do no wrong. Of course, this is no reason to actively seek out failure. Someone who fails repeatedly without learning from their mistakes is simply a bad leader.
The more you can adopt these habits and work them into your leadership DNA the better the leader you will become and the better the results you will deliver.
What are your thoughts on leadership? Are there any other habits or traits that successful leaders possess? Let us know in the comments section!
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