Leadership can boil down to one thing, and that is, being remarkable.
Being remarkable is not an easy feat. It takes years of honing skills to be a great communicator and leader.
There are times in our lives that we take a step back and think about how we want to be more of a powerful leader, whether it is at work, at home, on a sports team or even on social networks.
Natural born leaders do exist, but being a leader can certainly be learned.
Leadership is a powerful responsibility and must be treated as such.
We cannot abuse our leadership. We must take on the responsibility with dignity, humility and respect. Effective leaders show qualities that others desire to emulate.
They are trendsetters, early adopters, and are great at communicating what they do.
Leaders don’t struggle to acquire followers, people are naturally attracted to them and their lifestyle.
So, you’ve opened your thoughts to the world, and want to be a remarkable leader, but how do you get started.
Below I have listed a few techniques that you can implement today that will bring you a few steps closer to being that leader that you see in yourself.
Be the Example – As a leader it is our responsibility to go above and beyond without overextending ourselves and spreading our time too thin. Leaders are responsible about their time and how they manage it.
Often when a person wants to be a leader the hardest thing is knowing what to do. Here is a plan of action to be the example. Be first. Whatever it is, be the first one to do something. Now, you don’t have to do everything, but you should be doing something, especially something that relates to your company, brand or lifestyle.
Your work doesn’t always have to be perfect or the best. In fact, leaving judgements behind and moving forward with your decisions is a great way to quickly begin your leadership adventures.
Whether you are a blogger using the newest social media platform, or a personal trainer using the newest apps to help your clients, using something new is one way to get ahead. Continue the trend in other aspects of your life. Be the first to go to the new restaurant in town and the first to write a review. Being an early adopter shows that you are up on current events both locally and nationally.
Exude Trust – Leaders are not only people that others look up to, but ones that they confide in. People are willing to open themselves up, show their heart, and tell the truth.
They feel that leaders have done the same, and for that reason, it’s okay. Leaders know themselves and know their worth. Even if they are growing as a leader, they know how valuable being transparent and honest is.
Building trust among followers is vital. Leaders must be attentive to the needs of his or her people. Leaders must always be looking up and down at the same time.
Following in the footsteps of those leaders who came before you, and looking down at the leaders who are on the rise, and learning from both is essential. Leaders must exude trust through all of their actions and words.
Open Mind – Leaders, although they are the influencers, must always keep an open mind. Leaders don’t think every idea that they have is golden.
They know ideas take sculpting and molding before they are perfected. For this reason, a leader does not reject ideas from others.
Leaders trust those that work for them, listen to them, and help them develop their ideas. They are open to hearing others opinions and learning from them.
Leaders must constantly be in a mindset of learning. Being open to learning shows a leader’s vulnerability and that vulnerability is key to keeping a following.
There is a big difference between someone who leads and a leader. Leaders are followed by others. People who lead, are just in a position of power. Leaders take it upon themselves to better themselves, while those who lead just coast off of their titles. To be a true leader, step up into the person you know you can be.