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Leadership – it’s one of those funny things.

September 4, 2013
Cindy Donaldson Director of Marketing & Sales

Cindy Donaldson
Director of Marketing & Sales

Leadership is one of those funny things. People will often say in passing, “That person was just born a leader.” We aren’t talking Prince George type of born  leader, just your average non-royal leader. In reality – leaders aren’t born, they are nurtured, they work at it, they are in a sense developed.

I enjoy reading articles written by successful people, I find it fascinating how they came to be: What drives them, who inspired them, where they came from and where they want to go. I search out successful people to connect with – I always learn something. I have had several “yodas” in my life, those that have inspired me to do great things and those that have kicked me in the butt when I needed it most – which usually lead me to great things!

I challenge you to think about some of the leaders you’ve met along the way. I bet they have some of these things in common:

Leaders:

  1. They inspire people. They are the generals that you follow onto the battle field blindly.
  2. They are trustworthy. What you see is what you get. No fluff, no smoke and mirrors. You trust them.
  3. They treat others with respect and are in turn respected.
  4. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, get in the trenches. They walk the walk and talk the talk.
  5. They TRULY understand the concept of team. As in there is no “I” in TEAM.
  6. They are confident without being arrogant. Yes, they have a strong ego, but they don’t let it get in the way of success
  7. They know, without question, their strengths but more importantly they know their weaknesses.
  8. They constantly are trying to elevate those below them by mentoring and coaching, and in turn they are constantly trying to elevate themselves. Personal Development is their middle name.
  9. They understand the importance of a positive company culture.
  10. Lastly, true leaders love what they do and do what they love. Monday’s are happy for them. They work a lot but also have found a way to find true balance.

Want to make a positive change in your life? Do the following:

Read a good inspirational book – I mean really read it, with highlighter in hand and notebook at your side. Take notes and then live it.

Connect with some really inspirational people on LinkedIn – there are a bunch, you simply need to find them. Follow their blogs, interact – get to know who they know.

Search out a Leader within your business or social circle – learn from them, let your mind be a sponge.

Be a mentor to someone and watch them transform. This is a biggie.

Leadership – it’s one of those funny things. It can change you.

CD

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2013 2:45 pm

    Great post! We need more leaders. Thanks for sharing.

  2. September 4, 2013 3:00 pm

    So true. Very well said!

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