Food for thought from the Internet....
This Will Make You Think About "Leadership"...
"" My entire life I've been around people, coaches, bosses, mentors, business owners, etc... who believe some people are leaders and some are followers. Interestingly, when polled or surveyed most will classify themselves as leaders. This is kind of like when entering college freshmen are surveyed and polled, over +90% believe or think they will end up in the top +1% in regards to wealth in America. Same thing here, many people believe they are "leaders" but are doing nothing to lead. I think it's important that we define and teach our kids and grandkids the skills needed to lead. We also have to challenge ourselves and ask if we are "leading" in our current role or position and if we own a company do we have the real leaders in the right position? Below are some leadership principles that I have seen floating around the past few months. Some say they are from Amazon executives and others say they are from Apple executives, regardless they help better define leadership qualities and why so many get this wrong.
Trust Obsession: Leaders start with the end in mind and work backward. They work vigorously to earn and keep the trust of their team. They do what they say they are going to do and obsess over it!
Ownership: Leaders are owners. They think long-term and don’t sacrifice long-term value for short-term results. They act on behalf of the entire company or entire team going way beyond what's best for themselves. This is where many people get it all wrong, leaders actually lead other people and people follow because they are good leaders. Most people identify themselves as a leader but at best barely lead themselves. They don't lead at home, they don't lead for the betterment of the entire company or business they work for, and they are extremely self-centered. Too often companies will have this person in a leadership role when in fact they are not "leaders" but good self-starters or self-motivators.
Invent and Simplify: Leaders expect and require innovation and invention from their teams, meaning they are eager to hear and change, and always want to find ways to simplify in order to gain more speed. Many great leaders may be misunderstood for long periods of time because of the constant change and rate of speed at which they move, very quickly shifting gears.
Are Right a Lot and Quick to Admit when Wrong: Leaders are right a lot. They have strong judgment and great instincts. They seek diverse perspectives and work to disconfirm their beliefs. They also are quick to swing and miss then readjust. They don't mind being told they are wrong and want to hear criticism so they can readjust quicker.
Insist on the Highest Standards: Leaders have relentlessly high standards–many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and drive their teams to deliver faster and better results. Leaders also work to ensure that problems don't get covered up or passed down the line to someone else. Leaders like to tackle a difficult task.
Think Big: Thinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy and how many create false self-confidence. Leaders create and communicate a bold direction that inspires results. They are not scared of big ideas because they are not that scared to fail. They think differently and look around corners for ways to better improve their entire company and or entire team. Small ideas are generally about self, whereas big ideas generally come from leaders who are looking out for the entirety of the group.
Bias for Action: Speed matters in business and in life and great leaders understand this. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. Leaders are willing to take calculated risks and do not need the self-confidence of being right on every move.
Frugality: Leaders know how to accomplish more with less.
Earn Trust: Leaders listen attentively, speak candidly, and treat others respectfully. They are vocally self-critical, even when doing so is awkward or embarrassing. Leaders benchmark themselves and their teams against the best.
Dive Deep: Leaders operate at all levels, stay connected to the details, audit frequently, and are skeptical when metrics and anecdotes differ. No task is beneath them and they constantly are keeping score.
Have a Backbone: Disagree and Commit: Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. But once a decision is determined, they commit wholly. ""