I recently came across an interesting definition of what it means to be a leader. In today’s society, we lack leaders. We have plenty of leadership, but we have no leaders.
Whats the difference you might ask? Just because someone is in a leadership role, does not make them a leader. Managers and supervisors are leadership. But that doesn’t mean they are leaders. Politicians are in a position of leadership, but we know without a doubt many, if not most, are not leaders. Money and fame can get you into a leadership role. However, true leaders are developed, not purchased. Purchased leadership is fake news. Its a band-aid on a broken bone. These are the type of leaders who seize or inherent power. In Analytical psychology, these type of leaders would be known as tyrants.
If you want to grow as a human learn how to be a good leader. The world needs more leaders and less leadership.
Being a L.E.A.D.E.R.
Lead – Leaders should always lead from the front. This includes leading by example. Remember, someone is always watching. As a leader, if you cannot follow the rules and do the right thing than never expect your people too. As a leader, hold yourself to the highest standards possible. Never ask your people to do something you would not do yourself.
Establish – Leaders need to establish a specific standard, and uphold that standard to the best of their ability. Leaders need to establish clear expectations, values, and missions for their people.
Advise – Leaders are coaches. They are advisors. A sign of a good leader is the ability to define what needs to be done, and assign the right people to the task. That’s it. All you have to do is give your people the GPS and the keys to the car. Leaders don’t need to stress and fret over how they get there. Advise what needs to get done, and when it has to be done, and then set back and let it get done. Leaders trust.
Demonstrate – Set the example. If you want your people to do something, then do it yourself. The same is true if you want your people to not do something. If this is the case, then you, as a leader, better not be doing it either. Leaders who impose rules on others only to break them themselves will never grow. They will never become the type of leader society is craving.
Execute – As a leader, it’s your job you execute the plan. You don’t have to execute each step yourself, but as a leader, you have to make sure that
- The plan is in place
- The plan is solid
- The team has bought into the plan
- The team has the tools needed to execute the plan
- The team has the support needed to execute the plan
- The plan is clearly defined, included missions goals, checkpoints, and outcomes
Resolve – Lastly, leaders resolve. The word resolve is Latin for solve. Leaders, solve problems. Leaders fix what is broken. Leaders take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their team.