Leadership isn’t learned or earned in a moment – John Maxwell.
Great leadership comes with the desire to develop our leadership spirit. You can nurture yours by applying the following guidelines to your life:
Become The Kind Of Leader Others Want To Follow:
The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow you, but largely on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow. You must become someone others can trust to take them where they want to go.
Let Go Of Your Ego
The truly great leaders are not in leadership for personal gain. They lead in order to serve other people. Perhaps that is why Lawrence D. Bell remarked, “Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.”
Become A Good Follower First
Rare is the effective leader who didn’t learn to become a good follower first. That is why a leadership institution such as the United States Military Academy teaches its officers to become effective followers first – and why West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School.
Build Positive Relationships
Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. That means it is by nature relational. Today’s generation of leaders seem particularly aware of this because title and position mean so little to them. They know intuitively that people go along with people they get along with.
Work With Excellence
No one respects and follows mediocrity. Leaders who earn the right to lead give their all to what they do. They bring into play not only their skills and talents, but also great passion and hard work and a contagious spirit. They perform on the highest level of which they are capable.
Leadership Spirit is a positive journey towards the Big Picture. It is certainly not gained by elections or appointments. Having positions, titles, ranks, or degrees doesn’t qualify anyone to lead other people, neither does age or experience entrust such, they only affirm our leadership quotient. The right to lead can only be earned when we develop our leadership spirit which takes time and comes with personal CHANGE in the life of the aspiring leader.