Today’s discussion is about the qualities of a great leader and what makes one leader stand out more than another. But before we discuss how to be an effective leader, i want to talk about how NOT to be a good leader and the different types of a good leader.
The 4 Types Of Bad Leaders
We often lead based on examples or models that we’ve seen in our lives. This can be really helpful, unless our models were demonstrating poor leadership. Make sure you’re not one of these types of leaders.
- The Seagull – The seagull leader flies over, craps on everything, steals your lunch and then flies away. They communicate poorly with their team, and show no appreciation of their efforts.
- The Mushroom – The mushroom leader tosses things over the wall to his team, never checks in, and is frequently surprised by the outcome. Being kept in the dark with nothing but manure to work with is great for mushrooms, but not great for team members.
- The Micro-manager – The micro-manager means well, but the more carefully they checks things, the more they undermine the confidence of his team members.
- The Savior – The savior leader neglects things, then rushes in to save the day at the last minute. If nothing is going poorly, they sometimes create disasters so that she can rescue them.
The Types of A Good Leader
- Communicative Leaders – they understand the need for constant, clear, and open communication. They recognize the gaps that can exist between their intent and the perception of their communications.
- Collaborative Leaders – they set aside ego and the need to lead in favor of drawing out the unique talents and diversity of each group. They create an environment of safety and trust, where every idea can be heard, and they allow the best idea to win in the end.
- Enabling Leaders – they create clear expectations and processes but still allow others to find their own solutions to the challenges their presented with. They follow up consistently and provide appropriate information, resources and support.
- Humble Leaders – they care more about results than who gets credit. They are ambitious, not for personal gain, but only for the success of the organization. They are patient with others and don’t give into feelings of superiority.
- Conviction Leaders – are leaders that are persistent and consistent with their efforts. They exhibit tremendous personal determination to succeed. They are passionate about their work, their commitment to excellence and their drive to help others succeed.
Differences Between Management vs. Leadership
It is one thing to be a manager, but it’s something entirely different to be a leader. Leaders go beyond what is expected, and they challenge their team to achieve new heights. Leaders learn from the best and inspire others to achieve more than was thought possible. At the same time, leaders effectively manage their employees. They understand the business, and they are effective managers.
The Manager – Administers
The Leader – Innovates
The Manager – Counts Value
The Leader – Creates Value
The Manager – Maintains
The Leader – Develops
The Manager – Focuses on systems and structure
The Leader – Focuses on people
The Manager – Relies on Control
The Leader – Inspires Trust
The Manager – Has a short-range view
The Leader – Has a long-range perspective
The Manager – Always has his or her eye on the bottom line
The Leader – Always has his or her eye on the horizon
The Manager – Accepts the status quo
The Leader – Challenges the status quo
The Manager – Is the classic good soldier
The Leader – Is his or her own person
The Manager – Does things right
The Leader – Does the right thing
- Integrity – To be trusted you need to be truthful and consistent, tell your employees the truth, even it it hurts. Having strong values, beliefs, ethics and character allows others to clearly identify with you. When you are sincere you build lasting trust and loyalty.
- Vision – To be consistent you need to have a direction, a point on the horizon that you are leading others to. Encourage your employees to grow, they will become more productive.
- Positive Attitude – Seeing the glass half-full makes many things possible. Understand the power of positive psychology, look at every situation as a learning opportunity.
- Sense Of Humor – It’s not all going to be perfect. In those cases your sense of humor pull you (and your team) through.
- Confidence – If you are confident then you will lead people toward that vision regardless. People know where you are going.
- Inspiring – With a confident, clear vision, your inspiration gets others moving. Inspire your employees to be as passionate about the company as you are.
- Solid Communicator – You have to get your ideas out of your head and into your team’s heads! So many problems in an organization are the results of lack of communication.
- Commitment – Learn to appreciate the journey more than the destination and know how to face adversity with confidence. You need to be bold and stand by your idea. The key to making things work, is hard work. Show loyalty by nurturing key people to become leaders.
- Humility – You should act with humility by seeking out feedback and focusing on the needs of others. Find time for personal reflection & observation. Admit mistakes and admit when you need to improve. Be open to criticism, it will help you become a better leader.
- Self Awareness – Understand and manage your emotions, as well as the emotions of other people. Control your actions to positively affect outcomes. Inner-calm and outer resolve comes down to self-control. Understand how you handle emotions and how it affects others.
- Willing To Help Others – Act with generosity and gratitude by influencing positive change in people’s lives. You should find pride in helping others succeed. It’s up to you to set your team up to be successful. Nurture people to become better professionally and personally.
- Taking Risks – Leaders have the courage to act in situations where results aren’t assured. They’re willing to risk failure to achieve success.
- Determined – If our team is going to go with you, they need to know you aren’t turning back!
- Delegate – Know when to leave your employees alone, resist the temptation to micromanage.
- Give Credit – Giving the credit to your employees will boost their confidence. Show your appreciation even for the small things that your employees do.
- Rule One: Live With Integrity
Our world needs you to show up more authentically. It’s time to retire superficial practices that cause you to hijack your personal standards and sell out in service of pleasing others or accomplishing tasks.Embrace integrity instead! Begin by grounding yourself in your core values and then align your attitudes and actions accordingly. When you are self-aware of what matters most to you and are deeply rooted in these principles, making congruent choices to live with integrity will define your leadership.
- Rule Two: Make Intentional Choices
Instead of living re-actively, begin by making mindful decisions in how you act, speak, and listen. When your choices are driven by your core values, the array of potential options narrows to those that are in line with who you want to be in this world. That then influences what you do as a result. Wholehearted leadership requires intentional choice.
- Rule Three: Get Uncomfortable Often
Consider how your life would change if you were willing to put yourself out there more and simply try something new without any attachment to the outcome. In fact, some of the most famous geniuses throughout history only made their discoveries because they were willing to face failure, persevere, and continue experimenting.Be bold, take risks, create change and experience failure. And through it all, you will conquer the chaos that creates clarity and change in your life!
- Rule Four: Detach From Outcomes
To practice wholehearted leadership, you must thoughtfully consider your desired outcomes, set resonant intentions, and strategically plan without basing your success on any certain outcome. While this is hard, it is necessary to be at peace with the work you create. Letting go of specific outcomes opens you to new possibility!
- Rule Five: Stand in Your Power
Choosing to stand in your power means making resonant choices that are driven by your values, priorities, and beliefs.When you are fully empowered, you feel energized, and positive – you’re able to live a full life and lead with more integrity and purpose! What you choose determines how you live. Choose to stand in your power!
- Rule Six: Create a Daily Legacy
Live in congruence with your deepest held beliefs and values. Be intentional in your interactions and contributions. Lean into discomfort so you can stretch yourself and grow. Strive for success, not just as particular outcome. And live, lead, and love from a fully empowered and resonant place.Create a daily legacy that reflects who you want to be and your influence as a leader will be transformation!
Seven Steps Toward Developing A Remarkable Team
Step 1. Assemble a team of doers. If a person selected for the team turns out not to be a good fit, take quick action to correct the choice.
Step 2. Set priorities, and make sure all team members have a common understanding of them.
Step 3. Let the team do their job. Avoid micromanaging.
Step 4. Knock down barriers, such as political and resource obstructions, that are keeping team members from accomplishing their goals.
Step 5. Express gratitude frequently for work well done.
Step 6. Take the heat for any team mistakes without transmitting heat down the chain.
Step 7. Sit back and “bask in the glory” of the team’s accomplishments.
I will end this post with a video that talks about WHY, HOW and WHAT makes a great leader or company. I hope you walk away a better leader or role model after reading this post and watching the video below. Please comment below and spread the knowledge so others can get inspired also!
Video Source: www.ted.com