It takes courage and humility to stand up and be the leader. But no one will follow unless you lead for the right reasons. People are looking for inspiring leaders to help them discover enriching moments and create genuine connections. What does it take for a leader to create more uplifting connections and take their team to a higher level?
They are Service Minded
To lead people, you must focus on serving them. You must have a commitment to remove obstacles in the way and clear a path free of excuses for your team. The people you lead need to be guided and directed toward adding value and serving a better world. The only way to do this, is leading by example and serving the people you lead day in and day out. Find out what is their purpose and unique value to the world.
They give personal attention
To become a great leader, you must make your people a success into your personal mission. The best leaders are always out talking to their people. They take the time to coach and train. They are engaged with conversations. They provide on-going feedback on performance, knowing the best people crave openness and honesty.
Most important, great leaders pay attention to the human side of the equation. They care about their people and connect on a personal level, knowing their inner lives encourage their success as much as any guidance. The best leaders make their people feel valued – or inspire them do those things that’ll ultimately make them feel better about their lives. They encourage contribution and meaningful creativity because everyone has a gift.
They encourage openness and vulnerability
What separates the great leaders from good ones? The great ones are always learning – and so are their people. That’s one area where true leaders excel. They’re constantly asking questions, constantly curious and never satisfied with the status quo.
They embrace diversity and welcome people with different backgrounds and a different perspective – They develop their abilities. They recognize that change isn’t a threat, so they adapt to it (Even lead it). Most importantly, they understand one of the oldest maxims of leadership: The fastest way to lose credibility is to lose touch with what’s happening – and show no interest in catching up.
They bring out the best in each person
The best leaders wake up every day asking this question: “How am I making my people better?” How can elevate their game?” When a leader looks at people, they don’t focus on what they can’t do or what others say about someone. They look at what they can do.
You see, the best leaders don’t just hire people for today. They also consider their potential. They keep their eyes open for personal growth, since that’s where their people will ultimately find their core abilities. Knowing that, leaders seek opportunities to help their talent build momentum and confidence. Even when r people fall short, they know it takes time, trial, and error before they finally flourish.
They inject passion and meaning
People want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They dream of saying, “I did this. I helped create that.” People know such big moments are sometimes rare. Great leaders recognize those moments and help people actualize them. People want to know that they’re part of a greater purpose, with leaders who have a vision and a plan for making it a reality.
They want to feel important, to see their ideas produce something significant. Most important,. That’s why you as a leader need to focus on building loyalty to a mission that ultimately outlasts you.