We are all leaders. Leadership will be around influence. Leadership begins with the self and a valuable component of strong leadership is love. We specialize in leading ourselves and make choices to positively influence our present and future. To love anyone we need to start with loving ourselves and to lead everybody else we need to begin by leading ourselves.
This challenge is bigger than first perceived and many people fail to make it past the starting gate due to initial poor choices that lead to social debt. Playing catch up mode in life prevents compounding expansion of success from occurring, but success is not unreachable if we start pushing the 200 ton bus today. The goal is to have something to show for life when it really is all said and done.
Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is an important theory that outlines the progression of successful development. Briefly, we need basic needs such as food and water, and can endeavor to satisfy these needs at any cost. Poverty creates violence and we would all become animalistic if cast to the lower level of the hierarchy. Safety needs are next followed by the need to be liked by others or some would call it the requirement for love. This is the level most of us attempt to fulfill and fall short because of choices or faulty intentions.
Strong leadership ability is determined by satisfying this need and this need is fulfilled initially by loving ourselves. The next two levels are where history takes place and greatness is achieved. The need to be respected by others as well as the need to be accomplished will be the fuel of higher level goals. When Rocky reaches the very best step most of us feel his energy and identify with his determination since it is human nature to want to reach that top step. Leadership starts within us and providing others with positive influence is a priceless gift that transfers throughout generations. Once inner leadership is accomplished then greater leadership challenges exist.
The main prerequisite for organizational leadership is for the aspiring individual to be motivated to be a leader. A lack of motivation to take care of the enormous task of leadership will definitely end in failure. Your second prerequisite for leadership is for the leader to have followers. Without followers there is no leadership. Leadership is relational – Leadership is psychological – Leadership leverages power appropriately – Leadership is definitely an ART. Effective leadership considerably improves all business processes at all levels. Strong leadership provides product differentiation.
Servant leadership builds trust in the organization. Today’s leadership requirement has turned the hierarchical pyramid upside-down. Influence, providing vision, fulfilling needs for acknowledgement, and creating meaningful work with employees is mandatory of current successful leadership. The pay differential for leaders vs. mid-level employees is vast and these higher salaries create higher expectations. Technology has created a world where work never stops and providing leadership around the ever-changing organizational variables is integral.
Organizational leadership has changed forever and soft skills for example relationship building, collaboration, and change management are the key metrics for producing success. This statement is uncomfortable for many organizational leaders since it clashes with their leadership experience. The previous statement is not a blanket statement for the leadership of yesterday, but rather, a harbinger of the leadership of our current future. Soft skills leadership will offer a competitive advantage and competing companies will rush to leverage the art of true leadership. As the environment changes so do leadership practices as a way to be financially solvent. The greatest goal of all business is to generate a profit which starts and ends with successful leadership and politics (visit this backlink) all successful leadership starts and ends with the inner self.
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