Everyone is a leader is one way or another, we all have a story to tell. Some people you can impact in a way I never could and we have an obligation to influence those God brought into our lives for good and for God. Some leaders have great followings and others have just a few. We must realize that we are being watched no matter who we are or what our occupation. In some leadership roles more is expected than in others but to be a good leader should be something we all strive to be. No one wants to be a bad leader, right?
Today reading an article about the new president of Young Living brought my thinking to a whole new level. Jared Turner described a day in the life of the President of this amazing company and how he is so focused on communicating with his team and co-workers. Though he has the authority to make decisions concerning the company he is very open about consulting the wisdom of others. One very powerful statement in the article is the “every voice is heard, and we build consensus on making the right decision.” If only every organization and every family functioned on this basis it would be a better world.
Good leadership doesn’t come naturally for most of us but rather something we have to learn and work at. It’s not a course of study in high school but now has become a big business in itself for those that teach leadership skills for those that desire success. The adage that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care is very true. If we are walking all over other people to get what we want we are going about things completely backward. Getting to know the people we work with, learning their dreams, hearing their concerns, fulfilling their needs will win them over so that they will do almost anything we ask and in the long run we will have everything we could ever dream of. Everyone wants to feel important and needed.
Adding value to other people makes us feel fulfilled but there is a skill in that that requires a relationship with people first and foremost. You can’t effectively speak into someone’s life that you haven’t built a rapport. Who we surround ourselves with makes a huge difference in our success, getting close to those that know more than we do and have what we want with the attitude that they didn’t get it all by themselves will reflect in our life. We have to figure out what kind of people we want to attract and aim for them.
John Maxwell tells us that “an insecure leader cannot reflect confidence to his people. If you don’t value yourself you can’t add value to others.” Climb the ladder of success and take others with you, it’s always more fun to celebrate together. Help others succeed, accomplish their goals, get what they desire and before you know it you’ve reached your personal goals you thought were unattainable.
That is the type of business I’m in, helping others reach their wellness goals and it’s exciting to see and hear their testimonials along the way.
Sometimes an accountability partner is needed to get us started. It’s great to have a sounding board for ideas too. It doesn’t always mean that that partner even needs to say anything, they just need to listen. Sometimes we need to just hear ourselves say something out loud before we really see it’s effectiveness. Eric Worre says “you can’t play catch with yourself” so having someone alongside us can bump up your production more than 2 fold.
Leadership is taught in the Bible. I Chronicles 13:1 for example “And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.” David was a great leader but still asked God to ” Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”
Are we teachable? We can’t be effective leaders if we’re not. We can always learn something from everyone. No one likes to follow a “know it all.”
Who are you learning from? What have you learned today?