Leadership has different meanings to managers, organizations, and to employees. What makes a good leader? It’s someone that inspires, shows integrity, delegates, doesn’t play favorites, has self-awareness and who is genuine.
Being honest and being clear on your values is a foundation to any business. It’s harder for people to follow when they don’t trust you or the organization.
Showing humility might mean weakness to some people, but it’s a sign of strength. It means you have the ability to recognize strengths in others without feeling threatened, and not play favorites due to personalities. Leaders get in trouble when they move out their expertise, acknowledging this helps avoid pitfalls along the way.
Strengths of Others
Author of 18 Holes for Leadership wrote that leaders need to become aware of the strengths of others.
“Many unsophisticated leaders think everyone should be like them; that too can cause their downfall. They surround themselves with people like them. “Group think” can blindside them and cause failure.”
Iron Sharpens Iron
Getting people to work together because they want to is essential for any organization. This can’t be done by using fear as a weapon. Get to know the strengths of people on your team and connect with them. Iron sharpens iron.
People need leaders they can respect, have confidence in, and be inspired by. This also creates loyalty to an organization when times get tough.
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John Maxwell