The ONE Quality A True Leader Needs To Possess
According to Oxford dictionaries a leader is “The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.“ To lead meaning “to show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them.“
Well, that´s the theory. What about the reality?
First, forget about a definition telling you that leading equals commanding. Instead it should say “Leading is influencing in a sustainable and cooperative manner,“ i.e. collaborating with people without manipulation.
Second, Leading needs to go hand in hand with Executing.
At the end, a successful leader needs to be able to realize growth by delivering results. In a three-dimensional manner: For the benefit of her organization, for her professional development, and – most importantly – for her personal evolution.
HOW BEST TO LEAD?
Outstanding leaders are both effective and efficient by aiming at doing the right things in the right way. They are not driven by short-term results. Instead they are completely customer-centric by following a long-term perspective
AND HOW BEST TO EXECUTE?
Top leaders strongly believe in the art of execution. At the same time they know how hard and painful it can be until having things seamlessly implemented.
Many so-called leaders are NOT capable of and willing to focus with firmness and passion on Executing in Excellence. Unfortunately they do not possess the seven essential behaviours which characterize a true leader of execution:
Know your people and your business, insist on realism, set clear goals and priorities, follow through, reward the doers, expand people’s capabilities through coaching, know yourself and be open.
Exceptional leaders master one of the ultimate balancing acts of superior leadership – they know how to lead with head and heart. Meaning they are respected for having both a strong results focus and social skills.
Or, as Eleanor Roosevelt stated: “To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.”
Leadership has nothing to do with seniority, title, age, or charisma. It´s also different to management which is about organizing, coordinating, planning, and monitoring.
Leadership is about positively influencing people to achieve the best possible common target.