I have determined, there are no insignificant decisions in our lives. Leadership is our opportunity; positive self leadership is our challenge. Upon asking the number one leadership guru in the world, Dr. John C. Maxwell, “who is the hardest person to lead?” He responded “I am!” I think that’s true. Don’t you?
Developing positive character traits in the following areas will insure that you become (and remain) a successful leader:
1. Become a person of faith. Do you believe in your ability to achieve everything you set your mind on? Do you believe in the potential of others? Do you recognize and acknowledge the greatest force in the world (the power of God) working in and through all living things? Can you and do you work cooperatively with the universal law of creation?
2. Live a life of authenticity. Are you really coming out from behind your guarded position and freely presenting an authentic expression of yourself? Have you considered what your personal values are? What do you really believe to be right and what do you really believe to be wrong? Have you committed to those values and placed your actions in complete alignment with your personal value system? The greatest gift you can give this world is an authentic expression of all your personal beauty, talents and potential.
3. Do you work willing? I once heard someone refer to Formula W. “Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won’t!” I like that! Are you willing to work hard, to give all you’ve got and then give even more in the accomplishment of your vision and your goals? Are you willing to be a shining example of an amazing work ethic?
4. Lead with love. Of all the cliché’ sayings, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is among the most profound. When I was in Florida during the certification process with the John Maxwell Team I was deeply moved. This is what happened: After we were certified, this man; the greatest leadership trainer in the world, stood to express the feelings of his heart with his new “Founding Partners.” He had just given us a large portion of his life’s work and permission to take his name upon us in our companies. As he spoke he expressed deep gratitude; saying he knew when he looked into our faces; he was looking into the face of his life’s legacy. This man (worth millions) proceeded to list nearly 20 things that he promised us… Yes HE promised US! As he ended speaking, tears streaming down his face, he gently said: “I ask one thing of each of you… Love those whom you lead. If you stop loving them, stop leading them.” WOW! It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
5. Successful Leaders Prepare. They are not like leafs on the wind, blowing which ever way the wind blows. Successful leaders know the vision, they have taken time to study, to learn, to practice. They have reflected with introspection on their lives, their values, their faith. They are emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually prepared to meet the demands of their responsibilities.
6. They get the job done and they lead others to do the same! They are the master of every moment in their day. They act upon circumstances and situations instead of reacting to them. They see problems as opportunities. They may not always feel confident and energetic but they choose to “show up” that way. They keep their attitude in check. They know they bring the momentum and that it is contagious. They inspire confidence and motive the team never taking credit to themselves.
I hope you have scored yourself; and you have scored well. If not; no worries. Just print this page and set some goals around the areas you aspire to improve; then go to work! It’s that easy! Feel free to post your progress!
Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa
- Walking the Talk – John C. Maxwell (markmathia.com)
- Review of The 360 Degree-Leader by John C. Maxwell (christopherscottblog.typepad.com)
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – Book Review (adriandiglio.com)
- John Maxwell: How to Become a Person of Influence (apostolicleadersnetwork.wordpress.com)