Leadership is a journey and not a destination.
As John Maxwell once said — Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the important leadership qualities and practices.
- Mindfulness -
Mindfulness involves three skills working together:
a) The ability to focus on what you want, when you want.
b) The ability to observe and understand your sensory experience.
c) The ability to let your experience come and go without pushing or pulling.
Benefits of Mindfulness include:
a) Decreased mind-wandering and symptoms of stress
b) Increased focus and emotional resilience
c) Improved decision-making and working memory
With distractions everywhere, and the onslaught of “always on” technology, never has it been more important to learn tips to help improve your focus while understanding the mental limits of our brain. To think better, stop multitasking. Simplify and visualize information. Have the right level of arousal for your brain. Too much overwhelms, too little leaves you bored.
2. Leading through Change
In the ever-changing environment we live and work in, change is no longer something that happens in a linear fashion, with a specific start and end. Change is constant. If traditional “change management” processes are followed, it will be nearly impossible to be proactive; The ability to be an adaptive leader involves leading through change.
Change is a way of life, not a burden. Leaders today need to view themselves not as static entity, occasionally affected by periodic change, but as a dynamic entity; one that is ever-changing and ever-evolving.
Key drivers of effective leadership come from self-awareness, reflection and application. What works for one person may not work for another. There is no one right way to be a leader; it is a unique journey.
Ask yourself the following questions to be Self-Aware:
a) Where have you been?
b) Where are you now?
c) Where are you going?
4. Adaptive Leadership
Leaders today need to be ready, willing, and able to be adaptive to the environment, situation, and information provided and around them. There is a need to be comfortable with change and adapting to it quickly.
Ask yourself: How well do you adapt to change?
Remember: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is MOST ADAPTABLE TO CHANGE.
5. Leaders at all Levels
Leadership is a role, NOT a title. One does not need to be a manager to be a leader so each and every person can consistently decide what they can do about situations as a leader.
6. Enterprise Leadership
In order for us all to be successful, we cannot focus solely on our individual tasks, but while working together, supporting each other, and collectively sharing each other’s’ strengths so that we may all innovate together.
By working together, we get there faster.
7. Ripple Effect
Leadership is all about the choices we make every day — we always have a choice of what TO do as well as what NOT TO do. The results of those choices create the ripple effect for those around us.
Thanks for reading.