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4 Valuable Principles to Actually Being an Awesome Leader

Someone once said:  “Leadership is the art of changing a group from what it is into what it ought to be.”  Well, as they say: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!”

Putting that thought into action I would say:  Being a leader is the art of changing from a follower into what a leader ought to be.

In general, what an awesome leader ought to be is someone who lives by the old adage:

“Principles endure—only techniques change.”

I see 4 fundamental truths (principles) serving as the foundation to being the leader you ought to be.

But—then, you might be thinking something like, I don’t have to worry about those truths because I’m not leading anything, let alone a group of other people.

My question to you in that case would be, are you leading your life?

You can’t lead a successful life (let alone a group of other people), if you don’t adhere to the principles that apply in both situations.

As I said above:

“Principles endure—only techniques change.”

So—the techniques in leading a group of people might have to vary from the techniques you use in leading your life but the foundation for success is the same.

Principle #1—Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Neither yourself or other people can be led anywhere if there is not a clear understanding of why “going anywhere” is of personal benefit.

Open, honest, safe exchange of points of view on what “anywhere” means and why it is important is inspiring to all concerned.

One historical proof of that point would be:

We shall go to the moon and return within the decade.—John F. Kennedy

What happened as a result of that inspiring vision statement and the ensuing open communications (including some ugly failures)?

Eight years later man did land on the moon and subsequently return safely to earth.  A willingness to keep the lines of communication open, honest and safe was fundamental to that success.

Think about the importance of effective, consistent communication in the same vein as Max Depree did.  He said:

The real challenge is to make good communication a handy and well-used tool. Then you are likely to pick it up and use it without thinking.

Principle #2—The Picture of Your Example is Worth a Thousand Words

You can’t fake your way into being an effective and inspiring leader of yourself or anyone else!

The fact is you are exactly what you demonstrate both in your thoughts and actions.

Showing an authentic willingness to actually do what is demanded projects a high-definition picture to others.

Consider the following powerful thought to support the importance of this principle.

Nothing is so contagious as an example.  We never do great good or great evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.  – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Principle #3—Deep Emotional Commitment to Purpose and People

It has been said:

“People don’t care until they know that you care.”

AND—what is true about their person is also true about their level of commitment to your purpose.

When you (in leading your life) and other people (when leading them) know that your commitment to them and to the purpose is felt “heart-deep,” all things are truly possible.

Your deep, emotional commitment is well described as follows:

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.  –Norman Vincent Peale

Principle #4—Build Your Best Practices on the Shoulders of Others

Leading your life and/or leading other people is best accomplished through a team effort.

My thought on this is, why create best practices from scratch when you can create from the experiences of those who have gone before you.

The world around you is the best source of best practices for building the world you want…besides using that resource saves time and unnecessary effort!

So—when it comes to adhering to Principle #4 consider the thinking of some of those who have gone before you.

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be: “meetings.”  — Dave Barry

A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.  – David Coblitz

No great invention started with a business plan — Unknown

The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas.  –Linus Pauling

The “silly” question is the intimation of some totally new development.  – Alfred North Whitehead

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as either a blessing or a curse.  –Eric Hoffer

Being an awesome leader is fundamental to getting awesome results in life and/or with the people you lead.  The above 4 Principles can serve as a solid foundation for you in that regard.

garylogonewbrownsmallBonus Principle:  Nothing good will happen until you take action.  What is the first action you will take in following the above principles?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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