There are two types of people in the business community: those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they did not. Authentic leaders walk their talk. They deliver results. They live on their performance, not their potential. They lead by example. People always believe what you do, not what you say. Authentic leaders show their people what productivity looks like.
When well-led organizations sustain high morale and high productivity over time, they gain momentum. Momentum helps a leader do anything/everything more easily. This is why I encourage leaders to spend more time trying to create momentum rather than fixing problems.
However, being productive can make you think you are a leader when you are not. Personal success does not always translate into team success. Organizations all over the world make the mistake of putting high producers into leadership positions only to watch them fail to lead well. Often this person will continue to do well for himself, often at the cost of the team or the team’s morale. A quote from Coach John Wooten reminds us that leadership is a team sport, “The one who scores a basket has ten hands.”
Leaders set the tone more than anyone else on the team. Their attitude is contagious. If they are positive, encouraging, and open to growth, so are their people. People follow others whom they respect and who have credibility. Leading a productive team is quite an accomplishment. Achieving goals can be very rewarding. Few things in life are better than seeing people reach their full potential.
Reference: John C Maxwell (2011) The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential. New York: Center Street Publishing