12LessonsAbout LeadershipThe Tips will guide you how to be a good leader of the team
Always remember that a good leader always wants the best for his employees and they shouldalways use consideration and follow the right structure for effective leadership philosophy acts.Good leaders will reward good work performed by their employees. What lessons that helpthem to be the good leaders? Here are 12 lessons about leadership that you must know :
Lesson # 1 : Everyone is a follower, but not everyone is a leader.The label “leader” is too important to give to everyone or anyone without considerable thought. Thosewho bear it have a special responsibility for getting significant work accomplished. Significant workinvolves the use of such adaptive skills as accurately reading reality, envisioning a preferred future,managing change, resolving conflict, and developing trust. It is transformational not transactional.
Lesson # 2 : Leaders value history.Honoring ones unique history offers the courage and strength often needed to move with confidenceinto an uncertain future. Claiming and celebrating corporate and community history also remindsleaders where they came from, how their collective story has unfolded and evolved over time, andhelps leaders to mark and celebrate the successes achieved in the course of their journey.
Reviewing history helps leaders to claim their place in the fabric of their community and invites thefuture expression of individual gifts and contributions. In developing a shared understanding of history, leaders begin to comprehend the legacy which is theirs To Hold in Trust long into the future.
Lesson # 3 : Leaders, who deny the reality of the inner life, recreaterepressed parts of themselves in the external environments in whichthey lead.They have been accomplished and acclaimed, competent and charismatic, and in every instancetheir “fall” has been a shock to most. When examined more closely, we discover three things: Theyhad cultivated a public persona of perfection. They had become confused about the origins of theirown power. They had become disconnected with their inner selves.
There is a falseness - a lack of authenticity about the person. They come to believe they are their public personas, not their real selves. The inability to integrate all aspects of the self creates a shallowness and increases the tendency to see in others what cannot be claimed.
When we think we are the sole authors of ourselves and our gifts, we become a “god” rather than the bearers of god-given gifts. The former leads to egomania; the latter leads to trusteeship.
Lesson # 4 : Leadership requires putting the interests of othersahead of self-interest.Leaders who serve as trust holders for their followers understand the importance of self-sacrificeand they carry in their hearts a commitment to steward the well being of others. Acts of sacrificeand commitment are often required of leaders intent on putting the greater good of theirorganization or community ahead of personal self-interests.
In a year in which wevewitnessed astounding acts of financial greed and selfish ego that contributed to the toppling of global financial markets and once sterling reputations, we have found solace and inspiration in witnessing countless acts of selfless leadership whereindividuals of modest means give daily their time, talent and treasure in support of the greater good.
Lesson # 5 : There is frequently a hostile dependent relationship between acompetent, highly revered leader and followers who lack a sense of self.Because the followers have little confidence in themselves they look to the leader for self-validation. They conspire in the deification (or the demonization) of the leader as long asthey dont have to take responsibility for themselves or their actions.
Along with this “hiding behind the leader” isa fragile sense of being able to survive that generates anger about their dependence on the leader for their self-worth. Followerswho chronically complain about the leaderand the leaders authority are examples of this. Their hostile, dependent relationship absolves them from being accountable.
Lesson # 6 : Leaders believe in the impossible.In responding to a childs ardent question, "Is There a Really a Santa Clause?" Francis P. Churchnotes, “Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in theworld.” This simple tale of hope offers us invaluable insight to the importance of abiding faith andthe resolute belief that love, generosity and devotion do exist.
Leadership requires acts of courage,faith and unshakeable vision in the face of skepticism and fear. A key lesson for leaders is that often the most real things in the world are those we cannot see with our eyes but must know to be true deep within our hearts.
Lesson # 7 : Leaders know that they are not in a popularity contest. Theyprefer being respected if given a choice between respect and being liked.There will always be more need than resources to address them and higher expectations thanresults, but knowing what you really must do with (and in) your life is what helps a leader endureand produce. There is a special joy to labor that originates from the heart. It is a joy that nurturesand buoys the leader.
Long hours and stress do not create disillusionment when what drives everything is the match between what you find precious and what creates joyin the lives of others. Claiming your passion is empowering.
Lesson # 8 : Real transformation results from clarity of a desired outcome,a willingness to postpone immediate gratification, and a willingness torisk being vulnerable.In times of a chronic complex change, the effective leader recognizes the pressure to provideclear and final answers for those who cannot tolerate ambiguity. They do not succumb to thispressure and do not provide premature answers to problems that demand thoughtful inquiry andanalysis. The adaptive leader resides in the gap - in that in between time of no longer and not yet.
Lesson # 9 : Leaders know that they are not in a popularity contest. Theyprefer being respected if given a choice between respect and being liked.Those who must be liked cannot lead. Inevitably, there will need to be decisions made that wontbe liked by everyone. The leader makes the decision that is best for the common good and forthe long term good. They can withstand withering criticism and personal attack because theyknow themselves and are always discerning what is the best and most prudent decision.
Lesson # 10 : Effective leaders are able to step back and seethe big picture and recognize their place and role in it.Our work has put us in contact with wonderful people doing wonderful things. The differencebetween those who are leaders and those who are followers is perspective. Leaders can move inand out of the day-to-day tasks and see patterns and trends that those who are constantlyimmersed in daily tasks just cannot.
Not only can they see a wider context, they have a sense of theirplace within it, and are conscious of how this influences their behavior. The ability to see the whole and tosee beyond the current reality helpsto give them the ability to persevere in the tumult of the gap.
Lesson # 11 : Loving of what you do is “the magic” in a leaders life.There will always be more need than resources to address them and higher expectations thanresults, but knowing what you really must do with (and in) your life is what helps a leader endureand produce. There is a special joy to labor that originates from the heart. It is a joy thatnurtures and buoys the leader.
Long hours and stress do not create disillusionment when what driveseverything is the match between what you find precious and what creates joy in the lives of others. Claiming your passion is empowering.
Lesson # 12 : Leaders need silence and solitude to counter todaysfrenetic pace of change.The practice of silence and solitude helps leaders to guard the fire within such that they have theenergy and inner resources needed to lead others. He notes that the practice of silence drawsour attention inward and deepens our awareness of what we most value and treasure. From suchawareness, leaders cultivate the capacity to speak with authenticity and authority.
In this season where we are too often pulled by the external world into a hurried andstressful pace, we invite you to consider the power of silence and stillness. The well- known lyrics of the Christmas hymn, “Silent night, oh holy night, all is calm, all is bright” encourages us toward a deeper peace and connection to the source of everything through silence, stillness and solitude.
A good leader will give direction and encourage forward progress. Only the very best leaderscan lead effectively in such situations. It is during those tough times that they make the toughestdecisions and really distinguish themselves as leaders. A Tough Call Will Distinguish You as aLeader!!!
“When the right person is the leader, he does even better during tough times.” - Former New York City mayor Rudy GiulianiThank You Very MuchSompong Yusoontorn