You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey
Here are some helpful tips on Leadership:
DON’T TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO
Leadership you will see it comes in many forms. Unfortunately most of the time it’s poor. People think that by telling you what to do they are leaders.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux
LISTEN TO OTHERS
The reality of leadership is you need to understand your environment, your people, and how to get to the goal. The best way to do that is through experience, a lot of intuition, and listening to others.
Decision making as a leader can one of the most daunting aspects of leadership. You probably have thought, “How do I know I’m making the right decision?” I routinely ask everyone on the team for input even if I’m not sure I’m making a wrong decision, I still hear everyone out.
When making decisions that impact others, you have to remember your job as a leader is to serve others. When you ask those around you for input, you give them a voice and a sense of importance. It’s important to give your team a voice!
LISTEN TO OTHER LEADERS
You’re most likely not leading alone. You may have a co-director, co-founder, or someone else in your life that has led a team in the past. Tap into that network. You may be surprised at the support you receive.
KNOCK DOWN THOSE ROADBLOCKS
Much about leadership is putting up with bullshit so your team doesn’t have to. Ideally, you can knock down the roadblocks your team has towards success without distracting your team from their goals.
“Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn