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Do You Consider Yourself a Great Leader?

Why should they follow you?

People follow leaders because they trust you and believe in you. They also have the confidence in you to take them to the next level.

However, it only takes one incident to break the trust and have people looking for leadership in others and not in you.

Rate yourself in each area from 1 to 5 (5 being the best).

Leaders are expected to:

  • Hire the best, most qualified people. People want to work with other top performers on teams and in departments. A good leader has the ability to bring out the best in everyone.
  • Not be controlling. Leaders of the ‘old’ school have a need to control everything. Today’s most effective leaders set the pace, vision, and direction and then get out of the way. They don’t stop the momentum or interfere with the positive things that are happening.
  • Provide the direction. A great leader knows the value of creating a vision and direction that everyone understands and can follow. But, without communicating that vision and direction, you are destined to fail. A great leader makes sure everyone in the organization knows, understands, and has a sense of what part they play in the overall vision and direction.
  • Build a strong leadership team. Great leaders surround themselves with a strong team of leaders. A great leader does not have to know every aspect of a job or situation; they need to be able to find the right talent for every job, aspect, or situation. They have strong leaders around them with the strengths that they lack. Leaders of the “old” pick non-threatening people to serve as leaders. And their results have been seen over and over! 
  • Empower your people. Great leaders give their people the ability to make decisions, take risks (for the company’s sake), direct others, and feel they control their destiny. Even knowing they will sometimes fail, extraordinary leaders understand the benefits that come in the long run.

So, what is your overall score? Are you a great leader? Are you worth following? If your score is not as high as you would like, try implementing these leadership guidelines.

 

~ Source: Gary Sorrell