Every person has their own definition of leadership. Every person has their own set of leadership behaviors and attitudes. Some people say leaders are born, some say leaders are made.
I would like to share with you the leadership philosophy of Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE. When I read it, I was personally inspired and felt it was very true to many leadership stories.
It made me ponder about how leaders begin their careers into their leadership journey. It begs the question, when do you know you are a leader?
So here is a great philosophy to share with many potential leaders to ponder that question.
What does success looks like before you become a leader?
“Before you are a leader, success is all about you. It’s about your performance. Your contributions. It’s about raising your hand, getting called on, and delivering the right answer. “ Jack Welch
“When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. It’s about making the people who work for you smarter, bigger, and bolder.
Nothing you do anymore as an individual matters, except how you nurture and support your team and help its members increase their self-confidence.” Jack Welch
As you can see leadership requires a different mind-set and behaviors. Here is a simple way to think about it- It’s moving from ME to WE! You’re no longer constantly thinking, “How can I be number one?” but “How can I help my people be the best they can be?” it’s all about them.
Don’t feel like you have to get that right from the very beginning. It takes years to work and develop those leadership attitudes and behaviors. You will encounter daily challenges and tests which will only make you a better leaders and a person in life.
So what does it take to be a leader?
First and foremost you have to care for your people. Without caring and really building connections through meaningful relationships, the ship is not going anywhere.
Secondly, have passion and positive energy about your life and the work that you are doing together. Care passionately about each person’s development.
Third, give your people inspiring feedback—Take the time to share a teaching moment. Have a meaningful dialogue about what you like about what they are doing and how they can improve. Your level of passion and energy will uplift those around you.