A leader can make or break a company's success

Uncategorized Jul 05, 2021

How to Become a Better Leader to Have More Success in 2021


Well first, let's discuss some things about leadership


  • Leadership is not just about what happens on your team, but also looking at what’s happening across teams and company culture.


  • You may be able to lead others effectively - but that doesn't mean certain leadership roles are for everyone and we need to figure out how to discern this.


  • The primary responsibility of a good leader is to foster an environment where people have initiative, autonomy, creativity and accountability -- all traits which help them innovate faster than their competition.


  • If there’s no trust between leaders and team members it affects overall productivity as well as employee engagement levels. They'll feel more isolated from decision makers and have less buy in. Less buy in = less productivity.


  • Maintaining a positive environment to encourage innovation in cross-functional teamwork. The primary responsibility of a good leader is to foster an environment where people are able to be autonomous, creative, innovative, etc. all traits which help them produce more than their competition.


So, how do you know your leadership style isn't working?

Some telltale signs that your leadership style isn't working are:


  1. If there's absolutely zero trust between leaders and employees
  2. If there's a lack of innovation and creativity.
  3. Discontent among the team or trouble with compliance, ethics, customer service, etc.
  4. An inability to meet deadlines and goals due to poor leadership skills/lack of motivation from employees.
  5. A high turnover rate or an unhappy workforce in general.
  6. Lack of enthusiasm and high burnout rates.


Those are just some common things that may indicate your leadership style isn't working! Remember: it is important for leaders at all levels to understand what their strengths and weaknesses are so they can adapt them accordingly when leading others."


Another example could be when people within the organization feel unhappy because their talents aren't recognized by others. In adequate leaders placed people in positions out of need and not talent/passion. When people's natural talents and passions aren't aligned with their position or what their primary tasks are, they are more likely to have burn out and quit.


Well, What Does a Good Leader Do?

A good leader is able to recognize a persons purpose and passion and place them accordingly within the organization so this is in perfect alignment. A good leader knows that a person who is fulfilled and their work doesn't usually leave.


It can be easy to get caught up in production management and driving for results while losing focus on people. In my pop method course I teach leaders how to focus on "people over profit". In this method we teach how to prioritize people within your organization in order to create greater profit for everyone.


If you're not involved with people, it's easy to miss how one person could be destroying the whole team. An effective leader will make sure everyone feels valued and understands how their contribution plays into the greater goal of success as a whole unit. Although it is not your job to ensure everyone feels this way, it is your job to ensure an environment that allows people to feel that way. I say this because, if people's needs for validation are insatiable, they have deep insecurities, they are in a negative headspace, etc. nothing you  do will make much of a long lasting difference. However, it is your job to ensure the organizational environment promotes this. 


Leaders must be able to recognize when someone has found themselves in the wrong position relative to what their natural talents and passions are aligned with in order to prevent burnout induced by unfulfilled potential. It's also crucial for leadership teams to understand where these needs are and fill them accordingly with people who aren't just "good" at it, but fulfilled by it.


Culture is the #1 Priority

An inadequate leader also underestimates the importance of building a positive team culture and community. A culture is created when you intend to or not. Good leaders cultivate a culture on purpose; one that drives the vision forward, serves all levels, utilizes all talents and edifies the mission.


Building a positive team culture and community is critical for leadership teams to know where these needs are. It's also important for leadership teams to understand what their appropriate roles would be in the process of building this culture together as well.


In order to do that, it's vital they have an understanding on why we need fellowship or connection with those around us and how best we can achieve them through activities done together - not separately. They need to have a good solid understanding of some interpersonal psychology, especially as it pertains to the workplace. 


 Leadership, Organizational Development, Business, Emotional Intelligence, Team Culture Building, are essential skills for leaders to have or cultivate.



Balancing Integrity and Accountability

Leadership also balances integrity with accountability - which means leaders must be self-aware enough to see where strengths and weaknesses are in themselves, their teammates and the organization as a whole as well as calling out the changes that must be made to find more alignment with their vision. 


It has been said that how you do one thing, it's how you do everything. This is a popular mantra for business leadership and one that often reveals a leaders true character. Pay attention to what people do - behaviors speak louder than words ever could and behaviors are often patterns. So, if it is done once, it'll be done again unless an intentional shift in mindset occurs.  


The idea of leadership as power (or position) - someone who can give orders because they have authority - is outdated in this day and age. Leaders are required to be proactive about their teams' needs, rather than reactive and have astute interpersonal skills. 


Overall, leadership will fail an organization when they are underdeveloped in the professional, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with other people; when they maintain a linear focus on profit instead of on culture, and when they care more about their own success than the success of the team. Furthermore, when a "leader" operates out of their deficit behavior (ex "I dont feel like a leader", "I don't want to be a leader", "I don't feel qualified"), the team's effectiveness will dwindle overtime as they do not develop. Your team grows in direct proportion to the rate at which you grow. Sometimes that growth means outgrowing


The point is that leadership requires a set of skills and qualities. One can be taught, the other cannot. If you  find yourself in a leadership position but do not thrive in leadership-- leading is not for you. That also means you  must not chase the things that come with leadership, if you cannot lead. Remember, do the do to get the get. 


  • For Network Marketers this means build a team of only customers, that way you  never have to "lead" anyone or be somehow responsible for leading anyone. 


  • If you're a coach, well coaches must lead in many, many ways so I don't know what you're doing in the coaching space. Moving on...


  • If you're a solopreneur or entrepreneur, that means never hiring out contractors or delegating tasks. 


  • If you're a a team lead or manager, this means stepping down and taking a different position where you can fulfill all the tasks, not just enjoy the benefits of it. 


So, since most of you don't want to do that - it seems leadership is crucial to your development then huh? And that, it may not be much of a "choice" if you want to stay in this space. 


Key Takeaways From This Post 

A leader can have all of the right qualities, but if they don't use them in the right way or at the correct time then it doesn't matter how much talent they have. If you're good at everything: so long as you know where you excel and do not neglect. Likewise a leader can have all of the skills, but if they lack the qualities, it doesn't matter how good they are at tasks/their job. 


1. Leadership skills are crucial for success in any organization

2. The best leaders have a vision that inspires their team to work hard and be creative

3. There are many different leadership styles, which is why it's important to figure out what style suits you best before pursuing a leadership role

4. Whether they're leading an army or managing a company, successful leaders all share some common qualities but they don't all operate the same way. 



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