10 Attitudes to Lead By
Posted On April 5, 2010
Leadership in today’s hectic business climate is not for the faint of heart. These 10 attitudes will help you lead…from the inside out.
Let’s face it…you either believe in your larger purpose, your business, your people – or you don’t. Faith is better. A positive, forward-thinking mindset helps you and your network stay motivated to succeed even in tough times.
Ever try withdraw money from an empty bank account? Of course it doesn’t work. Neither does asking people for stuff before you’ve invested time and energy in them.
Aim to be: Firm – Fair – Friendly – Fun. Humour is a great way to keep nonsense at bay, and is a lot more fun than harsh words. Respectfully poking fun gets your point across without collateral damage.
The leader is the one with the fastest pace, the loudest voice and the biggest guns, right? Wrong. Effective leaders get things done through collaboration, and by ensuring that their people have the skills, tools, and encouragement to do the best possible job.
There is always more market share than relevant players can fulfill. Lack of work reflects an inability or unwillingness to truly think like a customer. Help your network get what they want, and they will help you get whatever you want.
Do what you love with people you love. Create your personal or business vision and brand around this, and work to overcome all obstacles until you get there.
Be the best at what you’re best at. Develop your strengths, and delegate your weaknesses. Consistently aim for excellence and you will inspire it in others. No excuses.
Anger and bitterness waste way too much energy. Remember…when drama goes up…income goes down. Move away from people and situations that deplete you and toward those that energize you.
…vs. ”expense”. Highly successful companies continue to invest in marketing, training and development even when times are tough. Expect to spend time, energy, and money in order to continue growing. Then spend it. Substitute faith and confidence for fear and worry.
It’s easier and cheaper over time to attract than to promote. Cultivate the attitudes above, and you will become a magnet for high-quality opportunities.