What separates good leaders from bad leaders? You can probably spit out several obvious responses with little effort. Good leaders treat everyone with respect; they lead by example; and they aren't hypocrites. However, if you are a leader, this isn't the question you should be asking. Instead, you should be concerned with what makes a great leader. I have outlined below three ways to guarantee your leadership will be nothing more than average.
Leaders spend a great deal of time working on relieving tension from the team. By the time a leader realizes that tension is present on his team, it is probably already causing trouble. The results of tension are simply acknowledging the deeper problems that have been missed or left unchecked.
Most of us agree – leadership is influence. And there are times when influence morphs into down-right-out manipulation. Have you seen a leader manipulate others? What were the effects? How do you guard against becoming manipulative?
It’s the one piece of advice we all know is true, but don’t necessarily want to hear. If I could say one thing to my generation it would be this – Grow on purpose! Leaders and team members are looking for solutions to complex challenges in their life and work. And our conversations inevitably lead back to the same solution – grow on purpose.
My team had experienced significant change and growth. I realized that the speed of change within our organization was demanding that we focus on keeping up with projects while neglecting strategic planning and development.
Have you ever been through a season of disorganization and chaos at some point in your life? It may seem that days went by without notice and before you knew it you missed out on an entire week or even longer. Maybe even now you feel as if you are always rushing to be somewhere, rarely have any time to relax at home or cannot enjoy the things in life that matter to you most.