Every great leader must stand for something. They must show those around them day in and day out their values and core beliefs via action. In my 15 years of leading and motivating teammates and clients I have identified three traits that are essential to being an authentic leader.
While there are many qualities of an effective leader, which will be discussed in later posts, I believe they are all built off the 3 Keys listed below.
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Being impeccable with your word is just plain good manners. When it comes to leadership it should be darn near gospel. This, in my opinion, is the absolute base to effective leadership. We must always be accountable to the words we use. As easy as it may be at times to part take in a little gossip vent session with a co-worker, this is detrimental to your credibility. Stay focused on communicating solutions to problem behavior or using question to spark growth in a teammate.
When it comes to your time as a manager it is extremely valuable. Do not over commit yourself. If you say yes to every meeting, event, or employee one-on-one request you better follow through! And if you follow through, as you should, you will soon be without the essential time you need to really grasp the big picture of your operation. Learn to say no. And feel comfortable with the no. Prioritize your day/week/month or some else will end up doing that for you.
Use Your Given Talents To Their Fullest
Again, good words for us all to live by. But to truly inspire a team to seek the most out of themselves, it’s imperative they see you living up to your potential. I’ve seen extremely talented individuals lay waist to unique talents they had and as a by product slowly loose the trust in those around them. We only have a short time to stay our course here and I feel it is our responsibility to always strive to live our full potential. This is especially true once we feel uncomfortable with our habits. It is in these moments we gain the most experience and growth.
Have Fun and Encourage Humor
I have had the luxury and opportunity to work along side some extremely successful individuals. Industry leaders at the tops of their field. One thing I found to be true, they had fun! They had a constant curiosity and a consistent sense of humor to boot. Do not fall into the mindset that business is serious and we must act as so. Strive to make those you lead laugh. Find humor in your own mistakes and share that with others. Humor creates a good feeling and at the end of the day that should be our desire, creating good feeling in others.
Well, that is the scoop from my shovel. I ask you not to stand in it for to long as there are too many other good reads to get too.
My Best Regards,
John J. Keul