Competition today is fierce; change is everywhere and windows of opportunity seem to be gone before they are fully open. In times like this the responsibility of leadership can feel heavier than usual.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The honest truth is this: We can all succeed and we can all be less stressed if everyone has the opportunity to lead and does their share.
If we work together and have one another’s backs, then we will all share in our wins.
Here are some simple but significant ways we can all lead, and succeed, together:
Everyone leads. If each of us were to step up to own our own leadership, we would have a huge number of people taking action and moving forward and creating a great force. The drive for leadership carries itself forward.
Everyone contributes. The job of a leader is to get everyone to understand and believe that each one has something powerful to contribute, and that their contribution is vital to success. The more diverse the effort, the better.
Everyone dares. We all have it within us to dare, to take the risks. When everyone is empowered to lead, we can seize opportunity and act decisively even in the absence of certainty.
Everyone commits. Commitment takes courage and tenacity, because we never know where the journey will actually take us. The willingness to commit, to persevere, to follow through, is among the strongest of forces.
Everyone trusts. It’s an old adage of management: Find the most talented people you can and trust them. And that trust, in turn, inspires them to trust one another, and you. When the crunch comes, and it always does, trust is the greatest asset any team can have.
Everyone believes. A huge part of leadership lies communicating a vision, a purpose, a shared ideal. Fostering belief in others does not come from money or coercion; it comes from a shared commitment and purpose.
Everyone appreciates. Each one of us wants to be treated as a unique and valuable individual. Appreciation comes from empowering others, and great leadership comes from recognizing others for who they are and what they bring to the team.
Everyone inspires. When people share victories, they inspire one another. The key to inspiration is to find those who lift others up, whose sheer presence calls forth the best from those around them.
Everyone influences. Influencing others means respecting them, by mentoring them, coaching them—not as the one in the spotlight, but leading the applause. When everyone gives of their influence, teams are unstoppable.
Everyone succeeds. Success is much more meaningful when it comes from a joint effort. When it’s not about us individually but all of us together, we all share the victory and are strengthened as a team for the next challenge.
Lead From Within: Leadership isn’t supposed to be a solo act. It takes each one of us fulfilling our personal purpose to make a difference together—and when that happens, we all succeed.
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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.