Are you a natural-born leader driven to inspire and lead your peers?While 10% of people are leaders, only a few are worth following. So, what kind of leader are you?
Being a good leader worth following requires a commitment to your role. If you fail to put in the work and do not know why you want to be a leader, you probably shouldn’t be in that role.
How can you become a leader worth following?
1. Trust and authenticity
Your ability to get results from your team or peers will fail if you don’t develop mutual trust. A cocky leader who can’t connect with their audience will have difficulty influencing others. Extend compassion to others and be humble.
2. Communication and accountability
Your audience can respect strong communication skills and acknowledge when you take accountability for their mistakes. A leader worth following doesn’t display arrogance or take offense to disagreement. Being mean will disqualify you as a leader! Instead, a leader will listen, communicate, and care about the actions they take, whether it is a good one or a mistake.
3. Be an inspiration
How do you feel about what you are doing? Are you displaying the same level of enthusiasm about a project or topic you want others to show? Verbalize how you feel and inspire the audience to feel the same way as you. Be someone the audience can look up to and inspire them to be great.
4. Never stop learning
We are evolving, industries are changing, and trends get set regularly. As a leader, your job is to listen, learn, and change with the times. Even in a leadership position, you should follow others. Who inspires you? What can you learn from those that follow you? Your leadership journey is ever-changing, and growth must be consistent.
The crux of it all
Be a leader worth following! Listen to those around you, be compassionate and authentic in all you do. Those who follow will trust in your abilities and connect to your objectives.