Leaders are born. Have you heard about this MYTH? According to Vince Lombardi, Leaders aren’t born, they are made! How do we develop ourselves as leaders and improve our leadership effectiveness?
Friends, leadership is a skill, and like any other skill, it can be acquired. Something Learned is not remembered after several years gone by, but something Acquired lasts a lifetime. Would you agree?
In today’s environment, leadership suggests the need to guide and influence people to take action. The role of the leader is fast becoming that of a facilitator and coach compared to the “taskmaster” of yesterday.
The leader who is flexible will likely be better able to provide an environment within which motivation can take place.
I recently discovered that the direction I was taking was the right choice for me. I had to learn, adapt and move to keep pushing forward and improve my leadership skills.
Have you ever been placed in a position where you had to start making decisions, even though you weren’t ready? Was it fun?
My first experience with leadership was in the military, when I was promoted to private first class. In Serbian military, once you get that promotion, you are assigned to lead a squad of 10-15 people.
Did I know what I was doing? No. Did I do something about it? Absolutely! I was already observing experienced soldiers and how they lead other squads. That gave me the confidence to keep pushing and improve leadership effectiveness.
That was the time where I understood the importance of learning by doing. Sometimes you will find out what you are supposed to do by doing things you’re NOT supposed to do.
That means, be ready for failures, but don’t be afraid of them because if you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.
The importance of learning and guidance became apparent to me short after, and I decided to improve LEADING BY LEARNING.
Do you enjoy learning? If you’re enjoying, stand up and say: I ENJOY LEARNING!
One experience is not enough to develop a leader to the full potential. It is a continuous learning process. Being exposed to different environments, I was able to grasp the importance of adapting.
A few years ago, I started working in hospitality industry, as a general manager of a hotel and restaurant. Hospitality is an ever-changing industry. Trends are changing, people are changing, environments are changing.
To be able to lead a team, I needed to develop the ability to adapt to any situation. That ability has helped me improve my leadership skills.
Every individual in any environment may require a different approach. As leaders, we should adapt our leadership style towards the team we are training as it will enhance our leadership effectiveness.
How can we become more adaptable as leaders? Practice patience. Do you think patience can be practiced? Sure, it can.
The significance of adapting and being patient made me realize that I want to continue LEADING BY ADAPTING.
Would you like to be able to adapt? If you do, look yourself in the mirror and say: I WILL ADAPT!
Leadership is an endless journey of self-improvement, and it is not only you who will benefit from it. This journey will provide advantage in life for everyone around you.
Every journey has obstacles. Do you know what is your biggest obstacle? YOU!
How do you overcome the biggest obstacle? Be honest to yourself. Admit and embrace your flaws. Find and enhance your strengths. Open your mind to new knowledge.
Once I became honest to myself, I discovered my true potential. I wanted to concentrate on preparing individuals and teams and help them realize their full potential.
I understood that life can be more than living. If you are not enjoying what you do, you’re in the wrong position.
One of my favorite authors and motivational speakers, Simon Sinek said: “Working hard for something you don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something you love is called passion.”
The importance of moving and overcoming obstacles has helped me understand that I want to pursue LEADING BY MOVING.
Are you moving in your life? If you are, stand up and say: I AM MOVING!
WOW! That was great!
Fellow leaders, let us guide and motivate others. Let’s make a better environment for development of teams and individuals.
We can become leaders who are flexible and able to coach others. After all:
We should improve LEADING BY LEARNING.
We should continue LEADING BY ADAPTING.
We should pursue LEADING BY MOVING.