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.
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