LEADERSHIP is not a Position, it is Action
“Leaders don’t create followers. They create more Leaders.” – Tom Peters
Everyone has some leadership traits. It may be dormant and may require a spark to ignite it. If you haven’t identified your leadership qualities yet, answering the following questions may help –
- Is your work inspired by others? Do others get influenced by your work and actions?
- Do you keep asking questions until you get clarity on what you want to achieve?
- Do you help people in solving their problems?
- Did you stop seeking permission from others and start owning by yourself, in order to achieve greatness on what you deliver?
- Did you stop complaining about issues, and start looking for solutions and alternatives?
- Do you strive to improve on things that have room for improvement?
- Do you look for opportunities to do things better than what you do today?
- Have you able to demonstrate “It is possible”?
- Do you demonstrate open communication and transparency with your team?
Do you take risks to achieve your goal?
While regular leaders come with “finite mindset” of being the best, better than everyone, accumulate more responsibility, leaving the place with nothing; Alpha leaders are those who choose to live their lives with “Infinite Mindset”. They drive the culture of “I am going to leave place/position in a better shape than I found it before”. They help others rise as well.
Who are Alpha Leaders? Perfect example would be our favorite teacher: one who believed in us; who saw something special in us that nobody else saw; who helped us to transform and reach the stage where we are now.
Can you think about yourself being an Alpha leader to your team? Create a work culture with an infinite mindset – when you move on to new role, others will carry your work for you.
Five simple rules to find that little spark to ignite your quality of being an “Alpha Leader”.
a. Go after the things that you want. Do it in your own way.
Some People see the things that they want, while others see the things that prevent them from getting the things that they want. Be the former to be a successful leader.
b. Take accountability for your actions.
Follow the balanced equation:
Take the credit for all the things that you did right. At the same time, take responsibility for the things that you did wrong. You can’t take credit without being accountable.
c. Take care of each other.
Learn the “Help Each Other” skill by practicing helping each other. Stop pretending that everything is under your control and start learning: To accept help when it’s offered and to ask for it.
d. Practice being the LAST to speak.
Possess the skill of holding your opinions to yourself until you get your turn and until everyone in your team share their opinion. Rather than accepting or denying opinion, ask question in order to better understand other’s opinions. This is how you will benefit from it –
- Everyone else gets the feeling that they have been heard and they have contributed
- You get the benefit of hearing what everyone else has thought
e. Rather than being “in-charge”, hold the responsibility of taking care of those “in our charge”
Mentor and coach, your team on “how to do things better”. Teach them, how you have done things when you were a junior like them. Teach them, how to lead.
Leadership is a learnable and practicable skill. It’s like your daily work-out. If you practice it every day, you will get good at, you will become a strong leader.
Inspired by Simon Sinek’s 2021 Motivational Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DA82guEXSQ