Leadership is acquiring the knowledge and developing the skills that will empower others to function on their own. A leader gives people knowledge, but an exceptional leader will take it one step further by giving people information so they can acquire more knowledge on their own. Leaders empower their associates with the freedom to operate and gain experience, thus giving them the green light to release full potential and be magnificent rather than ordinary.
A leader rises above and beyond the call of duty. Sometimes there are things you must do whether you want to or not, simply because you’re a leader’ It’s about setting a positive example and leading the way. If you want those you lead to take a particular action, you must do that yourself. You can grow as a leader yourself by doing the same things you are expecting out of those you lead.
A leader is a master of the fundamentals. Teamwork. People skills. Self-discipline. Whatever is needed. They continue to practice the fundamentals. Large businesses are built through the mastery of fundamentals.
Leaders achieve what they want by sometimes doing things they don’t want to do. Once this becomes a habit, and after a lot of hard work, this discipline becomes a joy. All great leaders understand that their number one responsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth. Those who cannot lead themselves cannot lead others.
Finally, and most importantly, a leader enjoys his or her work. A major study of 62 business leaders from all over the world, including companies like Marriott Corporation and Apple Computer, revealed that none of their leaders were the classic “workaholic”. None of them were recorded as being grim, driven, or enslaved by work. Instead, they were actually lovers of work. They absolutely loved doing what they did!
If you start seeing your work as play, it will totally change your everyday experiences and make you a positive inspiration to your associates.