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How to Become a Better Leader- By Don Kelbick
Being a leader is not an easy thing to do. I believe that leaders are born, not made, but we all have potential to lead. It is when we try to lead as others lead that some of us get into trouble. Here are 4 ways that you might be able to bring that leadership potential to fruition.
- Be yourself.
You are who you are and anything else is a lie. People can see right through lies. Be happy with who you are and believe that be what is necessary to gain the faith of those who need to follow you. If you speak in someone else's voice or actions, you surely will push them away.
- Leadership is a lifestyle.
Hypocrisy and leadership do not mix. The days of "do as I say, not as I do" are gone. In today's technologically advanced and "YouTube" world, people know what you are doing. You don't need to be a perfect person, just a responsible one. Stand up for what you do and say. Take responsibility for your actions and try to make them positive. Live your beliefs.
- Be a communicator.
Find ways to interact. The image of a "quiet leader" or one who "leads with actions, not with words" are fallacies. A leader, by definition, is in front. You cannot lead if others don't see. You don't have to be a yeller or a screamer to be a leader, but you can't be a shrinking violet either. You have to be able to take the ups and downs, the good and bad of leadership. Things don't always go well for you or others. Let others know you are with them in good times and bad. Be consistent in your treatment of others. Let them know you care.
- Allow others to follow.
Everything in life is volitional. People make choices based on what is best for them. Nobody buys into anything because you want them to. Do and say the things that you believe in. The ones that believe the same way will follow you. Those that don't, won't. There is nothing you can do about that. Just keep doing what you believe in. It is important to understand that, more than anything else, the things that makes the best leader is good followers.
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