Leading an organization, a group, a team or even yourself can be difficult.
Great leadership can also seem so simple, it’s misleading.
In thinking about my leadership and that of others around me – great leaders and lacking leaders alike – I thought I’d put together leadership lessons I’ve learned and strive for. Yes I miss the mark sometimes, but it’s something I definitely work on every day. I’m blessed to have had 2 years of leadership training at a previous job – thank you AmeriFirst – and I study leaders to try and make myself better.
Here’s my list of leadership lessons I’ve cultivated.
- Leaders lift others up.
- Leaders take responsibility and give credit.
- Leaders empower. They don’t take power.
- Leaders set the culture and the tone.
- Leaders eat last.
- Leaders serve.
- Leaders do not shy away from difficult discussions.
- Leaders listen.
- Leaders think forward.
- Leaders think (deeply).
- Leaders decide.
- Leaders live up to their own standards for others.
- Leaders delegate.
- Leaders let others breathe in their work.
- Leaders keep their ego in check.
- Leaders put others first; self, last.
- Leaders learn. Continuously.
- Leaders trust first.
- Leaders earn respect – not demand it.
- Leaders know that people are the key to success.
- Leaders articulate a clear vision and follow through with it.
- Leaders are the visionary of the organization.
- Leaders have empathy.
- Leaders self-assess.
- Leaders look for balance.
- Leaders give grace.
- Leaders enable others.
- Leaders exhibit positivity.
- Leaders exude humble confidence.
- Leaders embrace failures and move forward.
- Leaders help those around them grow.
- Leaders learn from the past to set the stage for the future.
- Leaders inspire through passion, trust and clear communication.
When looking for imagery to help tell the story, I searched for “servant leadership.” Interestingly enough, most of the images were of the military.
What leadership lessons or traits do you strive for every day?
Notes + resources
image credit: lifting others