"When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute." - Simon Sinek
Great leaders understand the very essence of leadership & hence they are able to do, create & make the impossible possible. They are courageous enough to walk the path that others wouldn't even dare to take a step forward. They are passionate about what they do, they are self-driven, they are open to receiving and hence their energy exude optimism even in an environment of despair.
You don't need a title to be a leader. You need love at the core of your being. A space from where you enable others to see the greatness in them and create an environment where others feel secure, safe, creative & good about themselves. You will be able to elicit the greatness in others only when you have got the access to your own light or gift. And how do you get access to your own light?! Only in giving you know your real gifts. Only in serving, you get to know your purpose. Whether you start at the top or bottom of the organization chart, you are still called to serve. Of course the spectrum of service broadens as you grow & develop.
Good leaders many a times have pondered upon the following questions, trying to find tailor-made answers to these; but great leaders build a culture, a space where he/she inspires, nurtures & draws out solutions & ideas from his/her team.
1. How do I keep my team motivated?
2. How do I enable them to be proactive?
3. What should I do to make them think big & beyond?
4. What should I do to make them contribute more willingly & not through coercion?
5. How do I retain my team-members?
6. How do I help them grow to their next level?
7. How do I win their trust & loyalty?
8. How do I delegate work to them when I don't trust their ability to take bigger responsibilities?
Every leader has his/her uniqueness & style. However, every great leader believes in few things that define their character & separates them from the rest. The difference lies in approach and how great leaders look at their team members. Great leaders may not have answers to all the problems & ideas, but hold the capacity to build a culture that awakens creativity within his/her team. Great leaders trust his/her ability & that of his/her team not only when things are bright but also at times when things are gloomy. They know the value of their team and work towards developing that further to another level of greatness. The lubricating factor here is trust that is build with great care & empathy along with leading with character.
Leaving you with this closing quote: "A strong character leads to trust and trust is the foundation of leadership."
Coach to People Leaders, Start-up Founders & Transitioning professionals