Being an effective leader is all about developing, developing how you learn, lead and love those who look to you for leadership. For almost two decades I have been involved in leadership and leading teams. And what I have observed in my leadership and other great leaders I have studied is that people respond when you C.A.R.E.
The most effective leaders CREATE environments where individuals can grow, develop and flourish in their given fields.
Great leaders ASSESS their teams to ensure they have the tools to perform their best; they are always looking to give their team the right equipment.
In my experience you need to RELEASE your team, micro-managing those you lead will foster distrust and make them feel belittled.
Lastly, look for the opportunity to ENCOURAGE, even when a person makes a mistake, look for the training opportunity and be able to still see the value
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I have had the privilege to lead in many different leadership positions in various types of organizations. I have lead in government, church, colleges, non-profits, sports teams and the Army. In each of these arenas I was able to achieve great success, because I learned not to abuse my influence.
Great leaders understand that leadership is about influencing those that they lead in a positive way and direction. Your team looks to you for guidance, instructions and direction, you are a symbol.
As a leader if you are not careful you can abuse your influence, and manipulate those you follow. I see this all the time, this can even happen in relationships between two individuals. Often I see it in churches, where the leader will use their influence to accomplish personal goals, this is abuse.
So, how do you check yourself to ensure you are not abusing your influence over those you lead? Here is a quick check list to ask yourself:
1. Is what I am asking them to do, benefiting the team
2. Have I considered their goals as well
3. Will asking this individual create a hardship for them
There are times when we require our teams to come out the comfort zone and push beyond the normal; I’m not talking about these times. Influence abuse occurs when we as leaders become more concerned with our own goals and lose sight of the overall vision.
Don’t become influence abusers; check your motives at all times.
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Dr. Will is an author, speaker and leadership consultant....