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Actually Why Would You Become More Valuable Like That?

The works of any artist, but in particular, a pottery artist serve as an amazing metaphor for how a great leader must evolve.

Think about the challenge any artist faces at the beginning of creating a particular work of art.  They can sense what it is they want to create.

Their minds eye guides them through the process and something evolves from the mists of their mind.  The “something” becomes more valuable as it becomes more like what was originally envisioned.

It can be a real challenge for the artist to get to that point, however.  Take the pottery artist as an example.

The potter has to go through many steps to take a lump of clay all the way to becoming a more valuable work of art.arable-312791_1920

S/he has to find a source for quality clay.

They have to mix the clay to the right consistency for the type of art being created.

The lump/slab of clay has to be formed into the shape of the piece of art envisioned by the potter.

Some finishing steps must be followed like glazing and firing before the potter can feel s/he has created a valuable final product.

Here’s the metaphor in the above brief description that relates to being an effective leader.

The biggest challenge a budding leader faces is learning and understanding what they need to become.  Like the potter, the budding leader is starting as a lump of raw, unformed clay.  There are several characteristics that must be developed for that “leader” lump of clay to turn into a work of art.

In several previous articles, I discussed many of those characteristics so I won’t go deeply into them here.  What follows are links to a few of those articles for those of you who want to develop deeper understanding.

Following each link there is a summary of characteristics discussed in the related article.

See 2 Absolutely Important Characteristics of a Great Leader

Your purpose (aim)—When a potter starts moving a lump of clay toward becoming a work of art, the most important thing at that point is for the potter to have a clear purpose in mind for that lump of clay.

As a leader, you will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand your purpose and why it is important to them.

Set and achieve the appropriate goals—Once the potter clearly understands his/her purpose for a particular lump of clay, they have to go about planning exactly how they will achieve that purpose.  In other words, they have to set specific goals (steps) for creating the work of art and then achieve those goals.

You have to do the same thing as a leader.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand what the specific goals are for achieving the mutual purpose.  Furthermore, they need to see you doing your part to achieve them while being held accountable for their part.

4 Critical Responsibilities of an Amazing Leader

Learn from you past—While the potter would draw upon the experiences of creating pottery art in the past, they wouldn’t progress as an artist if all s/he did was repeat the same pottery objects over and over.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand how to apply past experiences to make future accomplishments easier and better.

Pay attention to today—When that potter’s wheel is spinning, the lump of clay may turn into something totally undesirable, if the potter doesn’t stay in the moment.

And…so it is for you as a leader.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand staying focused on today’s tasks will set up everything for success in the future.

Have hope for tomorrow—A potter maintains hope for the future of a lump of clay becoming a work of art through consistent application of her/his knowledge and skills.

It’s the same for you as a leader.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them learn and understand all you and they need to know.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them learn and apply the necessary skills for correctly using their knowledge.

Never stop asking questions—The lump of clay is spinning on the potter’s wheel.  For it to become a work of art, the potter has to be constantly asking questions of him/herself as the shape of the piece progresses.  potter-1139047_1920Things like:

Is the speed of the wheel appropriate for the current circumstances?

Is the pressure being applied to the clay by the potter’s hands correct?  And…a whole bunch more questions.

You as the leader have to constantly challenge yourself and your people through asking the right questions at the right time.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand everything more clearly because of the questions you ask them.

What is the Essence in the Heart of a Great Leader?

Wisdom—can be defined as a lot of things but it really comes down to good sense and judgment.  Clearly, a potter must exercise both of those characteristics if s/he is going to take a lump of clay to being a work of art.

As a leader, you will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand why acting with wisdom is important to achieving desired outcomes.

Vision—can be defined as a picture you see in your mind.   We’ve already talked about how a potter has to have the picture of a work of art in his/her mind’s eye before ever even starting the process.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand what the outcome of their efforts will look like and feel like.

Power—can be defined as being influential in getting positive results.  For the potter, it’s up to her/him to influence, through knowledge and skills, the artistic outcome of the lump of clay.

You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly feel your personal power and not your position power.

Feeling—can be defined as empathy for another person.  The potter’s empathy is applied in creating a work of art through a sense of emotion toward achieving the envisioned outcome.

As a leader, you will become more valuable in the eyes of your people if you help them clearly understand you have a feeling of high regard and confidence in them.

In the final analysis, leadership is not about standing out in the crowd.  It’s becoming indistinguishable from the crowd being led.  They know, however, who the leader is and are inspired to rally around him or her.

Similar to a potter, you, as a leader, are molding a group of people from what they are into what they ought to be.  You will become more valuable in the eyes of your people for doing so.

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat will be the first step you will take in applying the above ideas and molding yourself into becoming a leadership work of art?

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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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