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LEADERS HAVE TO GIVE UP TO GO UP - What you need to give up to be a good leader

LEADERS HAVE TO GIVE UP TO GO UP - What you need to give up to be a good leader | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

A good leader must learn to give up certain old-fashioned habits and patterns.

Giving up these things will be hard for so many successful people who always try to lead, to be right, to be in control.

The need to be right: 
The best leaders are after the best results, and know that won’t necessarily come from their ideas. Even if it is the leader’s idea, success will be more likely if the group owns it.

The need to speak first: 
In many situations, it’s wise for leaders to shut up, letting team members discuss and explore. The leader’s words can inhibit the team’s ideas and input.

The need to decide: 
There are times when leaders must make the call. “Often, when leaders let go of their need to decide, others will make the same decision, if not a better one.”

The need for credit: 
Leaders who usurp all the credit for their team’s success won’t have the support of the team very long.

The need for control: 
People often seek leadership as an outlet for their desire to control others. But nobody is eager to follow micro-managers and control freaks.

Surrendering these needs can seem like a significant loss. But giving them up, will lead to greater results, greater influence, greater satisfaction and greater significance, which are more meaningful needs to satisfy.

A good leader has to step down to his followers and has to learn evolving an understanding for other people, for their needs and interests.


Read the whole article here:


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/management/what-you-need-to-give-up-to-be-a-good-leader/article4225032/

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Ethics and competence will pave you the way for success

Ethics and competence will pave you the way for success | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

A great problem in business is that people lack the necessary business ethics. They proclaim integrity and authenticity and demand it from others. But at the same time, ironically, studies indicate that the majority of people don’t always act with this integrity they request from others.

+John Maxwell says in the preface of his book “Ethics 101“:

“There’s no such thing as business ethics – there’s only ethics.
People try to use one set of ethics for their professional life, another for their spiritual life, and still another at home with their family. That gets them into trouble. Ethics is ethics. If you desire to be ethical, you live it by one standard across the board.”


(Source: “Ethics 101″ by John C. Maxwell)

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THE GREATEST PROBLEM OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE REACHED SOMETHING - People are not able to give back - they take themselves too seriously

THE GREATEST PROBLEM OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE REACHED SOMETHING  - People are not able to give back - they take themselves too seriously | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

Our society has many great leaders - leaders who have something to say, who are respected and people trust in their opinion. But too many of them take themselves too seriously, they believe the own influence and press - they trust in BEING SOMEONE. They should never forget that they started at the bottom as a positional leader and they also started from zero.
They got successful because other people helped them along the way.
Only through building effective relationships we are able to be successful.

Leaders often don't use the opportunity to making an impact

So many good leaders are not able to give back, to help others to succeed, to develop other leaders. They do not use the opportunity to making an impact beyond their tenure and beyond their lifetimes. 

Here the levels of leadership (according to "5 Levels of Leadership" of +John Maxwell):

1.) Position - people follow because they have to (RIGHTS)
2.) Permission - people follow you because they want to (RELATIONSHIPS)
3.) Production - people follow because of what you have done (for the organization) (RESULTS)
4.) People Development - people follow because of what you have done for them (REPRODUCTION)
5.) Pinnacle - people follow because of who you are and what you represent
(RESPECT)

+John Maxwell says:
Leaders at this level of leadership (level 5 in leadership = the Pinnacle) need to be a good model to everyone by valuing people, continuing to grow, practicing the golden rule, being authentic, exhibiting good values and living out the right priorities. Level 5 leaders have a platform to lead and to persuade. Whenever possible they should use it to pass on those things that have helped them to succeed. 

LEADERS SHOULD STRIVE TO LEAVE A POSITIVE LEGACY, USING THEIR INFLUENCE TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD.

What you daily do becomes your legacy! Decide wisely what will become your legacy and live according to that!

Here a guide for level 5 leaders:

➛ Remain humble and teachable. Write a credo for learning that you will follow every day.

➛ Maintain your core focus. 

➛ Create the right inner circle to keep you grounded. Reward people with loyalty, love, protection, leadership, money, etc.

➛ There are always a handful of things that only the top leaders can do for their organization. Think these responsibilities through and make them a high priority.

➛ Create a supercharged leadership development environment. 

➛ Create room at the top for potential leaders. Make room by giving existing top leaders new challenges.

➛ Develop top leaders. Set aside one-on-one time every week to work with the best leaders.

➛ Plan your succession. Focus on developing the few who have the potential to succeed you.

➛ Plan your legacy. Start doing whatever you must to fulfill it.

➛ Use your leadership success as a platform for something greater. As a Pinnacle leader, people outside your organization and industry will seek your advice. Leverage that to benefit others outside your direct sphere of influence.

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http://www.success.com/articles/1729-the-fifth-level-of-leadership--the-pinnacle

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The 11 Leadership Secrets You've Never Heard About

The 11 Leadership Secrets You've Never Heard About | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

The old distinctions between leaders and followers are gone.
Great followers follow by leading.


1) Great Followers Seize the Initiative

2) Great Followers Create their Own Job

3) Great Followers are Coachable

4) Great Followers Anticipate

5) Great Followers are Great Communicators

6) Great Followers are Goal Driven

7) Great Followers Show Don’t Tell

8) Great Followers Earn Trust

9) Great Followers Offer Solutions

10) Great Followers are Compassionate

11) Great Followers are Loyal


http://www.forbes.com/sites/augustturak/2012/07/17/the-11-leadership-secrets-you-never-heard-about/

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