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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The Keys To Leadership

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They build statues for leaders, not managers

Several times on this blog I have referred to the fact that you cannot manage servers.  This is always followed up by the idea that you have to lead them instead.  Managing servers is very much like trying to herd cats.  I think this is a fairly easy concept to grasp.  The difficulty in putting this idea into action is differentiating between being a manager and a leader.

Being a manager makes you responsible, but it does not make you a leader.  Leadership requires a separate set of skills.  If you choose to be a manager instead of a leader, someone will step up to fill that leadership role.  The problem is that they may lead their followers in a direction that makes your goals more difficult to achieve.  Nearly every goal a manager can have is made easier with the support of their staff.  Developing the qualities of a leader is the easiest way to get your staff to follow you and help achieve your goals.

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