Monday, January 14, 2008

The Leadership Secret

What separates the good leaders from the mediocre? What makes one leader succeed and inspire many to greatness while others continually struggle and fight to achieve any positive results? The difference may surprise you, and even slightly anger some. The difference is often the reason that person is a leader in the first place. I like to call it the leadership conundrum, and if you can rise above it, you will be on your way to greatness.

What do leaders have that followers do not? One they have an inexorable desire to succeed and be at the top of their field. They do not let failure be an option. These individuals are often wise decision makers. They call the shots, command the troops, devise amazing strategies, and often have to pave a difficult path to success. These individuals have goals. They know what their ideal vision looks like and they make progress towards it. Leaders carry a powerful aura around them that propels them further in life and influences other with their simple presence.

With all these amazing qualities, why do some leaders still struggle? They forget to employ their most powerful ally and the leadership secret. Encouragement. A little encouragement goes a long way. A simple heart-felt thank you, great job, or well done coming from an influential person can change lives.

Why do leaders fail to use this simple but extremely effective tool? The most important person in anyone’s life is right in the mirror. This applies to both the leader and the follower; it is inherent in our nature. In many cases, the leaders are so driven by their personal goals and intentions; they often forget about the emotions of others and leave encouragement behind. To be a great leader, one must not only manage personal goals and make themselves succeed, but make others feel as if they could succeed as well. Encouragement will stand the test of time and propel you and your followers to places never thought before. Your job for the week is to look for way to encourage those around you, and when they do something you like, encourage them.

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