Leadership is one of the key components for success in the world today (and yesterday). If you’re a business owner, it’s something you must work on and develop every day of your life! But, too often if you don’t see yourself in that traditional leadership position, you might fail to see the importance of showing or grooming your “leader” skill set.
Most people don’t realize the power and influence they have over others. If you’re a mother, you have a huge realm of influence. If you’re a teacher, you’re a leader. Even, if you’re just an “ordinary” person living your life, you have influence over your friends and neighbors!
Think about it, when you’re looking for a new doctor or place to eat, someone to cut your hair, or even to take your dry cleaning… where do you go? To your friends! In this same way you have a similar power of influence over others.
Today, consider the qualities you think make a good leader. Honestly, the only wrong answer is the non-answer! No matter what kind of leader you want to be, there will always be people who don’t agree with what you believe in. And you know what? That is okay!
If you want to continue growing your skills, growing your leadership, take a realistic look at yourself and purposely pinpoint and list your flaws. As the New Year approaches, think about what you could do better and where you can be a better leader – whether at work, in the home or even on Facebook.
If you aren’t sure what makes a strong leader, that is okay too. It’s been a very long time since our society and even our nation has had a strong, compassionate and unifying leader.
Think about the last time you met or heard about a leader who totally inspired you. And if no one comes to mind, then think about a leader who completely missed the mark and what qualities and behaviors they were missing.
About 15 years ago, I met up with a group of entrepreneurs. Because I learned at a young age if there was something I wanted in life to find someone else who has what you want and to do what they do. I studied under this group for years on how to become successful in business and to make money.
If you’re trying to figure out how to become a great leader in life, use that same principle here! Start writing down what traits and assets you think go into a great leader – drawn either from good examples, or bad, in your personal life.
As this New Year fast approaches, let’s rise us up as leaders like our nation has not seen in many, many years. When you’re thinking about your resolutions for 2014, go bigger than you did last year! Come up with something you can work on in your life that could have a huge impact on your circle of influence, your business and your family.
Tell me what characteristics you think make a great leader, and don’t forget to “Like” and “Share” this post on your social media. And for those leaders in your life, be sure to share this message with them… they need to know they have an impact on your life – and who knows, someone may tell you what an awesome leader YOU are!