Leadership Lessons Part 1

A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” — David Gergen

The role of a leader is something that you grow into after you have learned what it means to follow.  There are certain attributes that a leader must have and they are vision, , inspiration, initiative and courage, the guts to see something through.  A true leader is one that doesn’t need to continue to remind everyone that he is the boss. He inspires others with a desire to join in because it is evident that he is going somewhere.

Being a leader does not mean to lord authority over others and be continuously barking out orders.  It is having a vision for a certain job or project, the ability to impart the vision to others to the point that they too are excited to have the chance to take part in it.  A leader is also a person who is capable of recognizing his limitations and when it is time to confer with others who may be able to offer sound advice.

If you are a real leader, you will not feel threatened that others will take your place but rather you will pull other in that show signs of  leadership potential and will surround yourself by them.  By doing so you will be able to both benefit from their input and  train them to carry on should you have to take a leave of absence.

It is a common error when one is freshly pulled into a place of leadership that they over-compensate and err in many of the above mentioned areas.  They think that they need to prove their capability to be “in charge”, but then end up losing the following that they so desperately need in order to complete a mission. Seasoned leaders inspire a solid trust from their followers, as a follower you feel more secure if you are part of the “team” and not just part of the “pack”.

A real leader knows that he needs a team, he cultivates his team and makes them feel at ease around him, they know that if they have another seemingly better idea, they can in all confidence share their ideas without feeling as though they are not yielding to his leadership.  There is a free and trusting bi-directional flow of communication .

What do you admire about a good leader? Do you have a boss that you feel inspired by, or rather do you feel you are not being heard?  Share your points here!

8 Replies to “Leadership Lessons Part 1”

  1. I am inspired by leaders who have done the ground work and know the processes from the ground up. They fully understand the work that needs to be done and the methods to accomplish it. It is harder to have a leader who has not done the tasks at hand and only can “boss” others around.
    A great leader also has fantastic follow through skills.

    1. That is a great point Lisa! It becomes difficult to expect something others if you wouldn’t willing to do, or have never even done a task!

  2. Hi Rusty,

    You hit it right on when you said that leadership is about vision! Many people forget that but instead focus on “being in charge”. A leader gets the people they work with excited and eager about a project. Few have that characteristic!

  3. Leaders that can be a role model. Person that has the knowledge too on how to be one of the team. Relationship from being leader to follower should be fair. This is what I admire most and looking from a good leader.

    Great and clever post!

    1. Thank you for you comment. It is important that he can keep a team spirit amongst those he works with! Being able to take the ‘I’ out and replace it with ‘we’ instead! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Hi Rusty,

    I am new to your site but great starting post on leadership.

    I am often very inspired for leaders that will look after my welfare and development. Yes, there are tasks and missions for the team, but at the end of the day, I need to feel that my leaders are looking out for my development in the long run even if it means losing good talent at the end of the day for a greener pasture.

    The other traits of leadership you mentioned so far is also very relevant.

    Cheers

    1. Hi Jimmy, Thank you for stopping in! Great points that you shared. I went to visit your site and really like your program! What a wonderful family you have! I wish you the very best!

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