The Lure of Leadership
Leadership: The ability to influence others in a way that maximizes their potential in a way that maximizes your own potential for a common goal that induces loyalty on both sides
People want leadership. They want others to tell them what they are doing is right, is just. They want people to look up to. It is only when they have this that they accept criticism and look to improve. But criticism without compliment is useless, as is compliment without criticism. Being a leader is not about telling people everything they do is right. It’s about caring. It’s about having a concrete plan, a system that will enable others to maximize their potential, even at the risk of your own. Leadership is about making the tough decisions, then standing by them, good or bad. It’s about being humble, where humbleness is needed, but it’s about honesty, too. Leaders make mistakes, but then learn from them.
They inspire loyalty, because they are loyal first. The cliché lead by example cannot be stated enough. They are creative, risk takers and most of all, listeners. The best leaders are always the best students. They are lifelong students.
In “The Lure of Leadership, ” Todd outlines the step-by-step of process of leadership. He answers the following questions:
- What are the characteristics of leaders?
- Why do we need leaders?
- What is a good leader versus a great leader?
- How do you lead in your environment?
- How should you lead in your environment?
- Why are agendas so important in everything you do?
- How do you expect and inspect, without micromanaging?
- How do the goals of you as a leader relate to your team’s goals?
- What are concrete programs to demonstrate leadership?
- What actions must you take a leader to empower your employees?