THE VALUE OF GREAT LEADERSHIP!
In my opinion, leadership is a unique trait that is perceived differently by many people. For me, leadership means to lead by example and work hard for the outcome you desire.
Throughout my life I have been blessed to be put into various leadership roles. I have been captain and have coached several sports teams over the years. I have always had the mentality to outwork the competition and leave it all on the field, rink, or mat. By trying your very best every time, you will have nothing to be upset about, regardless of the outcome.
Today I strive to be a leader that brings out the best in others. I believe that most everyone has untapped potential and I work hard to give people the tools and confidence they need to achieve that potential.
The best leaders have the ability to communicate in a way that inspires others to act. They involve others to give people a sense of ownership and control. One of my favorite examples of this was Mark Messier guaranteeing a victory to force a game 7 in the 1994 Eastern Conference hockey finals. Mark was a leader that had 3 goals and 1 assist in a 4-2 victory.
Great leaders are genuine. They know who they are, and they are not afraid to let others see their core values, strengths, and even their weaknesses. Some people will be quick to criticize and judge you, but it’s most important to keep being you! Leadership requires thinking outside of the box and to keep on going, even when it seems difficult!
Great leaders are present. They show up no matter if it is a large group setting or a sit down with a single person. They pay attention, listen, and make everyone feel they are being heard and valued.
They can be trusted and they trust others. This falls into our trusting relationship core value at Weifield and reflects back to my coaching days. Leaders say what they mean, mean what they say, and do what they promise to do. They expect the same of others.
Leaders take ownership, and practice accountability. The best leaders admit their mistakes and never point fingers
or make excuses. They also hold others accountable.
Great leaders drive great results. They never take their eyes off the target. Always begin with the end in mind. Know the expectations and map out the necessary milestones to get there.
They are positive and confident. Great leaders can balance optimism and passion, without ignoring reality. They don’t gloat on the past, only focus on the present and future.
Effective leaders drive change which is also known as the advancing process in our core values. They understand the verticals of organizational and individual change and know how to cope with them.
Leaders empower others. Although difficult at first, great leaders are comfortable delegating tasks. They understand the motivational power of giving people control. They don’t abuse their power. You eventually learn that you can’t have your hands in everything if you want growth. It is important to groom the next generation of leaders.
Lastly, surround yourself with people who are more intelligent than you. As I always tell my kids, “To be the best, you should surround yourself with the best.” This in turn helps challenge yourself as an individual as well.
Final thought: When you have the opportunity to work for a leader who displays the qualities described above, pay close attention and learn from them. These lessons offer priceless guidance that you can utilize in many facets throughout your life.
Until next time!