“The true measure of leadership is influence, and it doesn’t develop in a day, but in a lifetime. And this isn’t about how far you advance yourself, but how far you advance others – are you making things better for people who follow you? Remember that the onus is not others for them to trust you; the onus is on you to earn it. In addition, people naturally follows leader stronger them themselves and who you attract is not determined by what you want, but by who you are. Then to move people into actions, you need to first move them with emotion. Only if you reach your potential as a leader that your people will reach theirs. Don’t forget, no leaders ride alone – do you have a strong inner circle? All highly effective leaders do have one, and the people you have in your inner circle must be adders or multipliers; have a proven track record as assets to the organization.
Empowerment is core to a leader’s success, we constantly read about this. When a leader won’t and can’t empower others, they then create barriers within the organization. You gain authority by giving it away. Then when leaders show the way with the right actions, followers copy them and succeed too. Pushing a change agenda? Beware of the danger; if you do not change yourself don’t think about being successful in changing others. Leadership is more ‘caught’ than ‘taught’. Leaders find the dream then the people; the people find the leader and then the dream. From there, build momentum as it changes everyone’s perspective; people want to be associated with winners. In complex situations, don’t be afraid to reinvent the box, or blow it up; everything is on the table.
The greater the leader, the more must be given up. The more responsibility you accept, the fewer options you have. And remember than any time you see success, you can be sure someone made sacrifices to make it possible. You want your leadership to really take off or sustain the growth path you are on? To multiply your growth, lead leaders, not just followers. If you focus your time on the bottom 20% performers, they will consume 80% of your time – when you focus on your top 20%, you get the multiplier effects, as they will in turn help their followers and others. Get it? Add 10 followers to your organization and, you get 10 followers. Add 10 leaders and you get the leaders and their followers and leaders they influence.
We are like eagles, we don’t flock. We want excitement, flexibility, and the freedom to think outside the box. Our lasting value is measured by succession, and the legacy you ‘live’ in – then your legacy comes when you put great leaders in place that do things without you.”