Learning to Lead

Today I wanted to share a few thoughts about being a leader.  You may not want to be the biggest CEO on the planet, the person known around the world for some amazing act or the next president, but in our own small ways each of us wants to be a leader.  And, even more important, each of us does lead, even if we’re not aware of it.  Let’s briefly look at 9 ways you stand out as a leader and ways you can improve yourself and be a better leader in whatever capacity you desire.

You honestly love people: this means you’re happy to help people, encourage them, strengthen them and don’t enjoy cutting them down or hurting them.  You also aren’t putting on a show for the world around, you really love people (well, just about everyone).

You look for opportunities to help: this is one of the things that stands out to indicate that you’re a leader.  When you’re actively helping others people take notice and know you’re trustworthy and reliable.

You inspire people: leaders don’t just give orders, they inspire their people to be better, stronger, happier and lead fuller lives.

You’re available: people know that you’re just a phone call, text or Facebook message away and that you’ll answer them and help them work through the situations they face, or just be a shoulder to cry on.

You give people hope: you’re not one of those glass-half-empty people, you honestly believe that there is hope for the world, that there is a better future for the next generation and that together we can make a difference.

You’re generous: this goes beyond being available and looking for opportunities to help, this means that you’re willing to, and do, go over and above the needs of the situation.  You’re always the first one there to help, first one to bring over dinner, and first to call with support.  You also give with no intention of being repaid for your generosity.

You’re humble: this is a tough one for many people, they like their kind deeds and efforts recognized.  And we all do need recognition, it’s part of our innate needs for life and survival.  Humility doesn’t mean that you’re not recognized, it means that you don’t do things for the recognition and don’t put in the effort to make sure you’re recognized either.

You see the best in others: this is one of my favorite things about being a leader, being willing and able to see what others aren’t willing to see in themselves, and inspiring them to bring out those capabilities.

You share: the world of 2015 is a big one.  The internet and technology gives us so many more options than we had even 50 years ago.  There are fewer limits than ever on our potential.  We each have our own ways of sharing, whether sitting on a board, writing a blog or in a church group.  But each of us does share our experiences, our wisdom and our knowledge with the world.

What will you do to be a better leader today?

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