As a leader, what you do and how you do it, what you say and how you say it will all be imitated by those you lead. A leader’s power is contagious. Whether you know it or not, the way you carry out your leadership will influence others. Whether that influence is positive or negative is up to you.
Here are the top ways you can use the power of your leadership to be a force for good for the people around you.
Model the way. Be aware that you’re being watched and emulated every day. That means modeling the attitudes and behaviors you want to see in others. Let the visibility of your leadership bring out your best so you can be proud of who you are and who you inspire others to be.
Honor character. For anyone in a leadership role, the importance of character and integrity can’t be overstated. Your character fundamentally shapes how you engage with the world around you—what you notice, what you reinforce, what you value, what you choose to act on, and how you make decisions. Character is the foundation of everything you do, and it will have a ripple effect on those you lead. A leader’s character always influences others—sometimes to their benefit and at other times to their detriment.
Take ownership. At some point, you’ve probably experienced a leader who constantly makes excuses and blames others. It’s a form of bad leadership that creates a toxic culture and an environment of mistrust. But when you take ownership of your actions as a leader, whatever the outcome, you eliminate the distraction and negativity of the blame game and show others how to handle both success and failure. When you show accountability for your actions, you are effectively guiding those around you to take responsibility for theirs.
Connect with impact. Leaders tend to be busy people, with lots to do and little time to waste. That’s why the best leaders focus on pursuing meaningful connections. If you’ve ever been in an environment where the leader stays hidden away behind closed doors and it’s all but impossible to get their attention, you know that the result is an organizational culture built on silos and isolation, one where information is not shared and knowledge is not available. It’s critical that a leader be accessible and available and that they connect with meaning and impact.
Remind yourself every day that your leadership is contagious and your attitudes, words, and actions transfer to others. Think and rethink how you show up, because you will have a whole organization mirroring who you are.
Lead From Within: Your leadership is contagious, and every moment you choose great leadership you move toward a better world.
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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.