Wayne Goldsmith recently published a book “Leading Without Leading” where he completely redefines what “leadership” is.
Even as a Leadership Coach & Corporate Consultant, I find many overcomplicating it’s true meaning.. Many people argue that not everyone can be a leader, but I agree to disagree. If you can influence at least one other person – you are essentially leading them. Effectively, maybe not so much, but technically – yes.
According to businessdictionary.com, a leader is defined as “a person or thing that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others”.
With the overuse of the word, it feels like a luxurious title that very few are able to obtain. This is not true at all. Leadership is about authenticity. It’s about valuing who you are and being comfortable in your own skin. It’s being able to subtly inspire change through genuine and authentic connections.
As Goldsmith says, “it’s what you do every day. It’s who you are and the way you live your life. It’s the standards you set for your own life and how you maintain those standards over the 100 years or so of your existence.”
We grew up being taught that knowledge is power… but, everyone has knowledge in some way, shape or form.
The REAL power lies in the 5 weapons every successful leader is armed with to make a lasting impact.
Become an effective team leader by adding these 5 powerful weapons to your skills arsenal:
The ability, or inability, to manage change can make or break your business. Successful leaders are armed with a Plan B knowing that anything can go wrong. They’re fully prepared to tackle any challenge head-on, rallying the support of their team, and making tough decisions that could mean life or death of their business. It’s not a task for just anyone. Huge strategy is involved. Leaders must understand the agendas of everyone involved and what is important to each individual. From there, they must make a decision that benefits the business as a whole.
Creating unity among everyone requires the ability to build effective relationships that can think, learn and problem solve together and eliminating the silo mentality. Successful collaboration is involving the team in the decision-making process and the leader puts into action the steps to achieve the desired result. Collaboration is only effective when trust is built. This is a crucial step that evolves over time through consistent discussion and dialogue.
Relationship building, networking, and understanding the needs of other people is an invaluable asset that will serve you regardless what field you’re in. Without connections, your visibility and support are weak. The difference between a group and a team is the connection a leader has with them. It’s what sets managers and leaders apart. Managers don’t see any real value in building relationships viewing work as simply that, just work. Whereas leaders understand that in order to achieve the big picture goal, everyone must be on board working as a team. Being connected is establishing support, collaboration and effective communication.
Thinking outside of the box is one of the most useful skills you can have as a leader. It’s the language you use, the actions you take, the thoughts you think, and the way you go do things that are unique to you. It’s standing out in a world of noise and showcasing what makes you different. It’s the ability to utilize skills and talents in a way that no one else is. Creativity isn’t just for the arts, it’s being able to strategically apply creative solutions to situations creating powerful results.
Effective communication is a foundational leadership skill. It’s one of the most complex, yet crucial, soft skills in understanding how, when and where to communicate with others. There are many moving parts to being a successful and effective communicator but they can easily be summed up in three key pieces: clarity, expression of ideas, and the ability to share a message with a large, diverse audience.
Do you find yourself struggling in one or all of the five areas above? What’s your biggest struggle with it? Comment below.
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