Leadership: Improving Others

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Great leaders create more leaders

“Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.” -Brian Tracy

So far in this series I have discussed the qualities of a leader, how to get others to believe in your goal, and how to get the best results out of those who follow you.  The final two posts will discuss the obligations a leader has to others and to themselves.  With the power you are trusted with as a leader comes great responsibility.  In order to maintain your leadership role, you must assist in improving those you lead.  Previously I contended that having others work with you to achieve a common goal will multiply your efforts.  This step is where your efforts begin to gain exponential results.

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Leadership: Creating A Shared Goal

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Each person climbs the mountain for their own reason

“Leaders don’t force people to follow-they invite them on a journey.” -Charles S. Lauer

The fundamental question behind the desire to manage rather than lead is, “How can I get people to do what I want them to do if they do not want to do it?”  Failure to answer this question is what leads so many managers to lead by force and threat of force.  The answer to this question is simple.  You must create a vision for your staff, which allows them to achieve what they want by achieving what you want.  This is what I will refer to as a shared goal, vision, or sense of purpose.  I have discussed the idea of selling a sense of purpose in the past.  Today I want to go deeper into how to develop it.

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