Your Daily Dose of Motivation
Being a leader appears to come more easily to those who are born with a sharp tongue, a fearless spirit, and the ability to gather a following. However, even for those who are seen in the eyes of the public as “leaders” know it is a daunting and often times impossible task of massive proportion. Rest assured, leaders aren’t born, they are forged.
In order to become a leader, there are a few important things you must know, about yourself.
There are three distinct styles of leadership, each come with their own advantages and disadvantages-
Authoritarian – These leaders rule their groups with regimen and management.
Democratic- These leaders try to include everyone in the decision making process.
Laissez-faire: These leaders let the group function without much, if any- interference.
Although subjective to circumstance, in order to determine what kind of leader you would like to become, ask yourself first – what kind of leader you prefer for yourself, and why?
Most people will choose the Laissez-Fair as their prime choice. Assumptive leaders will often times refute and buck against micromanagement, control, and totalitarianism. However, if this was your gut reaction, you may want to take a step back and consider your current mentality towards leadership in general.
Remember: It is never about micro-management, ego, and control; it’s about achieving a common goal, with high regard to quality, while considering the profitability and burn rate.
Regardless of which leader you choose to personify, there are a few common elements that all leaders share.
Common Goal: All great leaders in our known history had a goal. From the time they awoke in the morning, to when their bodies gave way to exhaustion, they contemplated any and all avenues to obtain it. In building their army of “followers” they aligned themselves with people who could verbally affirm their loyalty to the goal, and in turn, to the actions, group, and leadership. Without shared values and unwaivering conviction, there is little to no chance the army as a whole is going to succeed. Once the common goal is brought into question, the insecurity will drive the group apart. Fearing ridicule, failure, and loss is natural. Allowing it to debilitate and derail the process is unacceptable.
Appreciation: United we stand, all for one, and one for all. Great leaders know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the goal set in motion is unattainable on their own accord. The idea of building a dynasty for one is both shallow and unfulfilling. The army of “followers” are seen as equals in all regard, no less than nor greater than the stature of the leader. The job titles are simply different. While one may create strategy, the rest carry it out. Neither have value without the other. By delving out respect and appreciation when it is earned, the loyalty and conviction of the army will grow stronger and the goal closer in proportion. The goal cannot ever be self-involved. As much as your employees, children, or group would love to see your name in lights, it’s not their dream or passion to propagate your popularity contest. If the victory cannot be shared, there is no victory.
The Why: Although a common goal is pivotal to success, the reason behind the desire to obtain it may be different. Great leaders will never harbor their true motive from those who participate in the mission. It is important for the establishment of trust that intentions are made clear from the beginning. Right, wrong, or indifferent those who choose to fight your battles alongside of you have the right to know what it is they are contributing to, on all levels. While allowing the motives of each participant to vary in some degree is necessary, the root must be synonymous.
Passion: Highly understated in most aspects of business and person lives alike, passion is what separates a victory from a participation trophy. Those who fight for improvement, safety, principal, inalienable rights, and love rarely walk away from a defeat feeling as though it was a waste of time. Every great leader knows the risk of potential loss when starting any endeavour, but their passion is emanated to their army, breathing hope and life into their insecurities. A leader is a catalyst to the passion of many, leading by example, and sparking a flame. It is the responsibility of the leader to ensure that flame is never extinguished.
Leadership is a quality that is derived from passion and impulse, it’s not a race, demographic, paycheck, sex, religion, or a special strand of DNA that God selectively implanted along the way. It’s inherent. It’s possible. It’s you.
Find your passion.
Recruit your army.
Fear no failure.
Win the day.