Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You, Too, Are A Leader

I love learning about leadership. That's why I was excited to read a new white paper written by Becky Robinson which contains some of her best entries from her Blog, LeaderTalk.

Here are a couple of statements which caught my eye:
  • It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. You don't need to have a position to be a leader.
  • Practicing leadership is a mix of science and art. Because leading others is, at the heart of things, about relationships and people, I need to be flexible and make adjustments.
  • If we try to hide or ignore our imperfections and past mistakes, we may miss out on the opportunity to allow these things to be used for good in someone else's life.
  • When looking at our team, we need to see the possibilities and potential of what we can accomplish together (rather than the negatives or differences in others).
  • A leader's role is to introduce others to new worlds, expanding their experiences and providing the tools they need to develop their capacity.
  • To be truly effective, leaders provide opportunities that challenge people beyond their current capacity. Challenges help people stretch and grow while giving them confidence.
  • The key to have great impact is to invest time in relationships.
  • Make small things big: stopping, looking, maintaining eye contact, smiling, affirming, recognizing, listening, sharing, thanking, remembering, inviting, including. They might seem small, but when you add them up, they can have a big impact on your relationship with others.
  • Valuing and engaging others makes you famous where it matters.
  • A legacy is formed when people continue the actions or traditions that they value most.

I encourage you to download Becky's entire white paper here.

Keep on leading!

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