A leader doesn’t need to have all the answers. It is the leader’s job to attract people who know things that he or she does not. Once you decide to include others in your leadership journey, you are well on your way to achieving success at other levels. Growing in leadership includes:
- Thank the people who invited you into leadership (Take time to say that you to those who offered you the position)
- Dedicate yourself to leadership growth (Commit to moving out of your comfort zone and trying things to make you a better leader)
- Define your leadership by answering these questions:
- Who am I?
- What are my values?
- What leadership practices do I put into place?
- Shift from position to potential (what kind of leader do you have the potential to become?)
- Focus on the vision (how do you and your team contribute to the organization’s vision?)
- Shift from rules to relationships (Look for value in everyone you lead)
- Initiate contact with your team member (Get out of your office and get to know your team members)
- Don’t mention your title or position (i.e., Don’t pull rank; identify yourself without your title)
- Learn to say, “I don’t know” (When you don’t know, admit it and ask for opinions from your team)
- Find a leadership coach (think about the best leader you know and ask him/her to mentor you. Ask to meet with the mentor 4 to 12 times a year. Always prepare diligently. If you aren’t prepared or don’t have questions, cancel the meeting. Don’t waste your mentor’s time.)
Reference: John C Maxwell (2011) The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential. New York: Center Street Publishing