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How to Make a Good Leader a Great Leader
Good leaders formulate purposes and visions for their organizations and communicate them clearly to employees. They act with integrity and listen to feedback. Great leaders inspire, motivate, and empower people. Leadership coaching and education can help good leaders grow into great leaders who make true differences.
“Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.” – Mac Anderson.
If you communicate well, have a vision and purpose for your organization, listen to employees, and act with integrity, you’re a decent-to-good leader. Great leaders do more, however. They inspire people and empower them to overcome their limitations.
Great leaders help others succeed and shape organizational cultures into incubators of talent and leadership coaching. Great leaders never rest on their laurels. They recognize leadership is not a destination but a journey.
How can you go from being a good leader to an inspirational one?
Great leaders inspire and empower.
The purpose of business coaching is to turn good leaders into great ones. An executive coach can help leaders tap into their inner cores to effect changes that will transform the competencies that make up their outer cores. If coaching can instill in a leader the willingness to learn and change, its mission is fulfilled.
Great Leaders Help Others Succeed
Successful people find their places in the world. Successful leaders help other people find their places. Successful people focus mostly on their own success and well-being. Great leaders help others. They know that by helping talent in their organizations, they help those organizations and all who’re part of it.
Great leaders recognize potentially valuable minds among employees and invest time and resources into helping them do all they can.
Great Leaders Embrace Change and Failure
Change is the only constant in life, business, and leadership. While we tend to have a natural aversion to change, leaders understand change is the source of all opportunities. Since it’s inevitable, those who embrace it are more likely to navigate its challenges successfully.
Great leaders are innovators, and experimentation is the mother of all innovation. Trying out new ideas may seem daunting as it entails risk and the possibility of failure.
Intelligent leaders don’t fear failure. They embrace it as part of experimentation and the road to success. Owning failures is one thing, but great leaders also see them as learning opportunities.
Accepting failure is easy when you know it has taught you a valuable lesson. Intelligent leadership preaches failure is a better teacher than success. While the latter can make one complacent and lazy, the former sparks introspection, experimentation, and a renewed search for solutions.
Great Leaders Act as Mentors
A culture that values mentorship can unleash incredible energies and accomplishments in organizations. Intelligent leaders cherish opportunities to act as mentors. Mentoring others requires patience and engagement.
Successful mentors know when to delegate and when to take matters into their hands. Their emotional intelligence and self-awareness allow them to connect with peers and employees on profound levels and build meaningful relationships.
Great Leaders Lead by Example
Acting as an ambassador of change is impossible without leading by example. Only leaders who embrace change first can motivate employees to follow suit.
The mindset of a leader is contagious. Even if they choose not to buy into it, employees internalize it and see it as the standard attitude towards change in an organization. The power of leading by example allows leaders to shape and guide employees towards embracing change.
Great Leaders Educate Themselves and Employees
Education is key to dealing with and embracing change successfully. Intelligent leaders recognize the value of education and understand they must strive to continuously improve themselves and their workforces.
Education is the key to continued improvement.
Run-of-the-mill leaders seek power and eschew responsibility. Great leaders know that focusing on their responsibilities allows them to make true differences.
Executive coaching can help leaders recognize ways in which they can improve. Whether leaders achieve greatness is up to their employees and peers to judge.