THE 5 "E’S" OF LEADERSHIPSep 11, 2022
Learning to be a leader has been a rewarding journey. One of challenges, tweaks and a constant journey of growing myself.
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A leader's influence and credibility begins with developing one's self.
A lot of times, being a leader is not something you had imagined or planned to do. You found yourself mastering the business basics, very successful, feeling good and up the ranks you went!
Perhaps you had a knack for working with people and were able to help the overall company grow.
CONNECT BY SHOWING PEOPLE YOU CARE BEFORE TRYING TO LEAD THEM
Running your own business, however, it can be challenging because everything starts and ends with you. You essentially lead your business to success!
Here’s what I have learned over the years, having both started as an employee for Nordstrom and now, being a business owner myself….
Effective leadership begins with ‘E’.
It’s important that leaders don’t become comfortable and complacent but that they remain engaged in the journey of growing as leaders.
It helps to find different ways to measure the effectiveness of your leadership. Below you will see five words that describe leaders I admire. One way to measure leadership effectiveness is to keep these words on an index card and periodically evaluate where you are and how you can improve. This will keep you on your toes!
Here are the FIVE ‘E’s of Leadership:
Empathy is essential to insight and understanding. Empathy doesn’t mean you agree with a person’s point of view, it means you understand it. The ability to rise above your own thoughts in any situation and focus on caring for someone else’s gives you great impact. Effective leaders who develop the skill of being empathetic will naturally attract more leaders and build stronger relationships.
An encouraging word can be just the emotional fuel someone needs to take the next step. It’s amazing how little time it takes to encourage someone! A great leader knows how to focus on people’s strengths which in turn results in greater self-confidence and higher performance levels. Encouragement from their leader will make your team feel noticed, cared for and valued.
LEADING STARTS WITH AUTHENTIC MODELING
Prepare people by teaching them the skills they need to succeed. Leaders who know how to equip their teams have usually spent time training and reinforcing their own skills and personal growth. After all, we can’t equip people and train them with skills we ourselves don’t have. Equipping and preparing others is a vital component of leadership development.
Endurance builds character and strengthens a leader. Endurance is what’s needed when the road seems long and full of detours. A strong leader shows how to take a pause, even fall and get back up again. A great leader demonstrates how to keep momentum going, even when challenges occur. Smart leaders will use even the greatest challenges as learning curves to help teach and equip their people to keep going forward.
BELIEVE IN PEOPLE BEFORE THEY BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES
Empowering others gives them the chance to take the reins and make decisions. This is a great confidence builder for your team. It doesn’t mean turning everything over without a thought or a plan but checking in to measure progress and progress along the way. A great leader knows that if they have properly equipped their people for the journey, it’s ok to trust and let go. When you empower others, you create strong, confident leaders and a well-rounded team culture of multiplying leaders.
LET GO SO OTHERS CAN GROW
As I have stated before, being a leader is not for the weary!
Most successful leaders are people who are continually working on themselves and looking at the bigger picture when attracting and developing other potential leaders to the business. It’s not always straightforward, and it takes years of developing one’s own personal skills to understand how to take everything that happens and use it for the purpose of learning and growing your team.
You know you want to be the best leader you can, so what will you do next to make sure you are?
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