Leadership is not bossing someone around, it is deeper than that. Leaders go first and eat last. Leaders open the path ahead instead of pushing them towards the unknown. Leaders are leaders because their peers follow them, not because someone put them there.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ordering someone to do something is easy. Leading them to the right path is hard. But don’t worry. There are 5 things that if you start doing today your path to leadership will be much better.
Value other opinions
A leader knows he/she cannot do it all alone and he/she does not have the answer to every question. A good leader regularly seeks guidance from the team, because he/she knows that they are the experts.
Being a leader is not about pushing your ideas. You should be open to being wrong, and to be honest, you should crave to be wrong. Otherwise, how would you learn new things?
It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do…Steve Jobs
Develop leadership in others
A good leader makes his/hers job not needed. At least, I like to think like that. My goal as a coach is to make my team not need me anymore and train others to take my place. If I can do that, I consider it successful.
As leaders, we need to provide to others the opportunities to grow. Coach them. Give them the tools. And after some time, let them lead the way.
Focus on WE instead of I
There is no I in team, right?
That is an old saying and very true. Good leaders are part of the team, not above, below or to the side of it.
Every decision you make as a leader should focus on the growth of the team, not advancing your own agenda.
Act with humility
Leadership is not a title. A good leader doesn’t think he/she is better than everyone else, instead, he/she is a team player. A good leader doesn’t show he/she is in charge of the team decision, instead, he/she coaches the team into making those decisions.
Be a servant to the team
A good leader is a servant leader.
The focus is on the team becoming better, not by bossing them around, but by coaching them. You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Lead by example, not by force.