Business Tips Part 3: What Makes A Good Leader

1 Aug

It should go without saying that the Golden Rule is truly golden.  (“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”) What a nice thing it is to be treated fairly, equally and unbiased.  When it comes to leadership, a truly successful leader is “one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” I forget where I originally read that bit of advice.  I just know that the catchy words stuck.  They really make sense.

 

A good leader will:

1) Share his/her knowledge – they work with their peers in a way that educates, improves, and builds respect & trust.  (Avoid being a know-it-all.  Cause nobody really does know it all 😉 )

 

2) Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.  Jump in & get your pretty hands dirty.  Just do it.  Sometimes all it takes is a leader to put on the shoes of the ones they teach in order to build respect.  Cooks don’t learn from someone whose never used a stove before.  Walk in the other person’s shoes, and then hand the reigns (or in this case the shoes 😉 ) back to the employee doing the job.  Any pre-conceived fears about the job at hand will begin to diminish, and they will get the sense of “If he/she can do it, so can I.”  Good leaders walk the walk.

 

3) Lead, and know when to follow.  Being a good leader is knowing when to take charge and when to back down.  Good leaders delegate.

 

4) Listen.  A good leader knows that the best successes come from shared ideas.  Not one person has it all.  Good results come from a community that works well together and share ideas with each other.

 

5) Pray.  You may not be the praying type, and perhaps you’ve never prayed before.  That’s okay.  Today is a good day to start praying.  Talk to God like you would a friend, and share with Him your needs, concerns, accomplishments, and thankfulness.  Prayer is one of the best keys to success.  Are you looking for success?  Pray.  Here’s one of my favorite prayers:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

 

We can be just as sure of failure if we don’t pray as we can be nearly assured of success when we do pray.  God is very generous.  He helps us in our every need.  Why not use the Golden Rule with Him, eh?

 

Are there any tips that you would add to the list?  What are your experiences of good leadership?  What really stood out to you when you experienced good leadership?  I’d love to hear what experiences you’ve had!

Until next time, A Bientot!!

 

 

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