mind your business: Lead or Be Led
During tough times, leaders either fail to lead or rise above and end up with a trail of followers. Leading in good times is so much easier than leading in difficult times where the leaders' mettle is tried. When it comes to being a good leader, it's about inspiring the masses—not forcing authority.
Leadership, at the forefront is about trust; getting others to trust and believe in you, your abilities and vision. Below are some steps to emerging as a true leader in these times:
1. Convince others that you have a vision. Your vision must be crystal-clear to yourself and others, and must ring true so those you lead feel safe in following you.
2. Convince others that you have the knowledge, skills and tools at your ready that will enable you to deliver. Just having a clear and purposeful vision is not enough. Having the tools necessary to deliver the vision is just as crucial. Your people must believe to the depths of their souls that you have what it takes to make things happen.
3. Convince others to let you take hold of the steering wheel for the time necessary to move your vision into action. Without someone steering, nobody gets anywhere. For too many, the decision of indecision is their preferred strategy. That does not work in leading an organization through the land mines of today's globally volatile economy. If you are going to call yourself a leader, take definitive actions.
4. Help others to imagine how your vision will result in helping to make their lives better. Nobody wants to make their lives worse. It is your job as a leader to help those you lead to see the glimmering light of hope through ultimate actions. They are listening to what you do more than listening to what you say.