How to Become an Ideal Leader
When you are at work, do you get frustrated because things don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be? You see people milling around but nothing gets accomplished. And in the daily hustle and bustle, do you feel that your goals remain just that – goals. Then maybe its time for you to stand up and do something about it.
Most people are content just to stand around listening for orders. And it isn’t unusual to adopt a follow-the-leader mentality. But maybe, somewhere inside of you, you feel the desire to make things happen – to be the head, not the tail. Then maybe leadership just suits you fine.
Some people believe that great leaders are made, not born. Yes, it may be true that some people are born with natural talents. However, without practice, without drive, without enthusiasm, and without experience, there can be no true development in leadership.
You must also remember that good leaders are continually working and studying to improve their natural skills. This takes a commitment to constantly improve in whatever endeavor a person chooses.
First of all, let’s define leadership. To be a leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish a goal, or an objective. He contributes to the organization and cohesion of a group.
Contrary to what most people believe, leadership is not about power. It is not about harassing people or driving them using fear. It is about encouraging others towards the goal of the organization. It is putting everyone on the same page and helping them see the big picture of the organization. You must be a leader not a boss.
First of all, you have to get people to follow you. How is this accomplished?
People follow others when they see a clear sense of purpose. People will only follow you if they see that you know where you are going. Remember that bumper sticker? The one that says, don’t follow me, I’m lost too? The same holds true for leadership. If you yourself do not know where you’re headed to, chances are people will not follow you at all.
You yourself must know the vision of the organization. Having a clear sense of hierarchy, knowing who the bosses are, who to talk to, the organization’s goals and objectives, and how the organization works is the only way to show others you know what you are doing.
Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It’s about who you are, what you know, and what you do. You are a reflection of what you’re subordinates must be.
Studies have shown that one other bases of good leadership is the trust and confidence your subordinates have of you. If they trust you they will go through hell and high water for you and for the organization.
Trust and confidence is built on good relationships, trustworthiness, and high ethics. Get everything in Life
The way you deal with your people, and the relationships you build will lay the foundation for the strength of your group. The stronger your relationship, the stronger their trust and confidence is in your capabilities.
Once you have their trust and confidence, you may now proceed to communicate the goals and objectives you are to undertake.
Communication is a very important key to good leadership. Without this you can not be a good leader. The knowledge and technical expertise you have must be clearly imparted to other people.
Also, you can not be a good leader and unless you have good judgment. You must be able to assess situations, weigh the pros and cons of any decision, and actively seek out a solution.
It is this judgment that your subordinates will come to rely upon. Therefore, good decision-making is vital to the success of your organization.
Leaders are not do-it-all heroes. You should not claim to know everything, and you should not rely upon your skills alone.
You should recognize and take advantage of the skills and talents your subordinates have. Only when you come to this realization will you be able to work as one cohesive unit.
Remember being a leader takes a good deal of work and time. It is not learned overnight. Remember, also, that it is not about just you. It is about you and the people around you.
So, do you have the drive and the desire to serve required of leaders? Do you have the desire to work cooperatively with other people? Then start now. Take your stand and be leader today.
How to be Anything You Want to Be – A Leader for example
In terms of your career, you can genuinely be anything you want to be. Now you know what you want to accomplish with your life, actually doing that is easy.
Want to be a writer? Great, all you have to do is to start writing a book.
Want to be an artist? Sure, just start painting!
Want to be a pilot? Start looking for pilot courses.
Want to be a pilot but can’t afford the course/don’t want to give up your current lifestyle? Then look into flying a microlight.
The point is that as soon as you start doing the thing you want to do, you become that thing. As soon as you write, you are a writer by definition.
Sure, you may not be famous for it. You might not be professional. You might not even be any good. But you are a writer!
And when someone asks you what you can do, you can legitimately say ‘I’m a writer’.
Hopefully what you’re getting from this is that you don’t have to define yourself by your career. Likewise, you don’t have to have just one career. And your finances don’t have to be completely tied to your income either. Create A Better You Your 7 days program
Again, it’s about not waiting. And it’s about realizing what it is about the thing that makes you excited and happy.
How to Become an Actor or a Rock Star in Your 40s… or 80s! While Supporting a Family
So let us say you always wanted to be a rock star. Now you’re in your 40s and you work in logistics. Boy, did something go wrong somewhere or what! This is what mid-life crises are made out of.
First things first: remember the old adage that ‘it’s never too late to be what you always wanted to be.’ That’s genuinely true you know. Sometimes it’s actually easier to accomplish things when you’re older.
Always wanted to be an actor but now you’re 80? There is tons of work for older people to play extras or small parts on TV and as you get older you’ll have more time to audition. You can achieve that lifelong dream now! Always wanted to live in LA but now you’re 70? Never was there a better time!
Back to being the rock star wannabe with the mid-life crisis. What do you do?
Simple: you start performing music in your garage, you create a home studio on whatever budget you have and you put together a band if you’re so inclined. You might be in logistics but you can get your sense of direction and accomplishment from the music. You’re not a rock ‘star’ yet but you sure as heck are a rock musician. That’s a pretty good start…
Next up, how about creating a YouTube channel for your music? How about uploading some tracks to Sound Cloud or Band Camp? You might just find you get a little following. You might even make a little money.
And there was no risk, no big change in your lifestyle… You’re now living that dream! You’re a very small rock star and that’s good enough.
So the only question is: what took you so long?
Coming Up With Strategies
In that last example we looked at how you could gain exposure for your rock music by using YouTube. The web actually makes all kinds of things possible today that weren’t before. Did you know that you can self-publish a book on LuLu and you don’t have to pay anything up-front? It’s called ‘POD’ or ‘Print On Demand’ and that means that the copies only get made when they’re sold – meaning there’s no upfront investment and no risk.
Even before the internet though there have always been multiple ways of achieving the same end. Take a look at Sylvester Stallone. Here’s a guy who always wanted to be an actor but no-one would give him the time of day because of his slur.
So instead of giving up, Sly changed his approach. He wrote the killer script for Rocky and then showed that to producers. They were so blown away by what they were reading that they were willing to agree to almost any terms in order to secure the rights to that script. Sly’s demand? That he would be the star. The rest is history!
The point is, that you don’t always have to go about reaching your goals in the traditional or obvious manner. Almost always, there are other ways you can go about achieving the same thing if you just take the time to come up with a strategy.
What are your strengths? What are your current resources? Who are your most valuable connections? How can you personally achieve that goal you have in mind?
Remember too, the longer you work at something, the better at it you become. This applies not only to obvious skills but also business nous and the ability to self-promote. In other words, you might start playing music in your garage and really stink. But if you keep at it long enough you’ll get better and better until you’re close to rock-star-good.
Likewise, if you keep on practicing at the music, you’ll eventually get to the point where you learn how best to gain exposure and to promote yourself. Keep at it long enough and success is almost certainly going to be around the corner.
This is also just one more reason to step on it! The sooner you start trying, the quicker you’ll get to a professional standard!