In networking circles with so many marketing gurus, get rich quick schemes and people professing to be experts in lots of different fields of business, who is the real deal?
This is often really confusing & risky when you are not sure.
Let’s look at these 3 points about a great and inspirational leader and explore them.
- What do you look for in a leader?
- Where is their proof?
- Who are their followers?
What Do You Look For In a Leader?
The first thing I look for in a leader, is pretty obvious, the ability to lead. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But stop and think about this for a minute.
If a leader is not out front and is ‘hands on in their business’ what credibility do they really have? I like to know that this person can connect with me and with other people that are in their business. Who knows their clients and other connected businesses or organisations to them. If they are always in the safety of their office and have others always out there training and speaking on their behalf and they are not visible, they lack credibility with me.
Respect must be earned, it cannot be bought and it is not transferable, someone else can’t do it for you.
You must earn it yourself.
A great friend of mine, Dan Garlick – My BNI Director in Tasmania once told me something I have never forgotten over 10 years ago now. “People will always willingly follow a strong leader. So always make sure Rose, you are a strong leader that others will follow”.
I have since that day actively tried to be that strong leader.
Where Is Their Proof?
A big part of being a good leader is their integrity in business in what they do and say. Is this congruent?
The proof is not only in what they say, how they say it and if what they say = what they actually do.
There is an old saying from my childhood ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’, meaning it must not only look good it must also taste good.
As a leader we must ‘taste good’. We must be the person that others will aspire to want to follow.
We must be believable and real. We cannot hide in our office, we must be there with our people, interacting, guiding and nurturing our people-our followers, members, guests, clients and business associates. All of those people around us that really matter.
As a strong leader we must be real.
Who Are Their Followers?
This is where the proof really lies!
Passion never fails. It is what drives us, always striving to grow as a leader and be the best we can possibly be.
The quality of people that surround a leader in leadership positions in their organisation are a true reflection of their true leadership. A true leader is very passionate about their business and they have clear goals that they share with their people. The same values must be ‘handed down’ so that the same message is clearly heard.
A truism that I learnt early on in my networking journey is ‘That good people will not stay with a weak leader’.
Being a leader is not an easy thing to do.
We will not always be popular. We will not always please everyone.
But for those of us that aspire to a leadership role in the business world, we need to stand tall and proud.
Be the leader that others will willingly follow…