What is a True Leader...Episode 3
You can find Episode 2 here.
I believe true leadership and leadership mean completely different things. Whether you are 25 or 85, you are a leader.
I have taken my experiences and Jenified (yes, I made up this word) them, if you will, into my own idea of leadership, true leadership, which I strive to live by daily.
Here are the final elements of true leadership I would like to share with you, in no particular order.
Whenever possible, keep team members in the loop. If they know you are transparent, they will trust you and once again understand the entire picture. In my experience, I choose to collaborate and be transparent with my teams right away. No one wants a situation to become a bad situation because they have not been apprised of potential impacts to their future or why they are suddenly working on something and don’t know why.
Support those around you. Loyalty to a team is critical. This loyalty will result in loyalty from others in return. This support can be in the form of listening, going to bat for a team’s wishes, or thinking of your team when they may be impacted by a decision you make. If a person feels supported, they feel more motivated to be engaged.
Show your gratitude
Thank your team for a job well done. This thanks may be in the form of words, money, or a gift, but show your gratitude for having such an amazing team. I organize a holiday party for my team every year, give thank you notes, and treat my team to lunch. Appreciation for another goes a long way for both the giver and the receiver.
Use the golden rule
Finally yet importantly, treat others as you wish to be treated. Even better, use the platinum rule. Treat others as they wish to be treated. If you have used your intuition, empathized, communicated, and consulted with your team members, you will know exactly how each person wishes to be treated.
The items listed are by no means mutually exclusive; I’m sure I have missed something. I am so passionate about being a true leader. Your leadership affects others in a way that not only can positively influence another but also can positively affect a team. If you take the time to read this and try to incorporate the items mentioned in your everyday leadership, you will see wonderful results and a fully engaged and brilliant team.
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