Empowered Leadership is about knowing what you believe in and leading from those values in spite of pressures from outside sources. This kind of leadership is critical for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that leaders define the business culture in organizations they lead. The core values or principles of a leader define the principles of a business.
It is also important to note that the core drive of a leader creates the momentum of the business, and her habits create its core habits. It is easy to see how important it is for a leader to possess and continually hone her principles, work habits, and work ethic.
Think about your principles, your drive and your work habits and ask yourself this—would YOU follow you? It is important to know that as a leader, you will attract employees and business contacts that are based in these traits, and these people will contribute the success or failure of your business.
Jeff Roberti, a major distributer for NSA and an expert in network marketing wrote about the 10 fundamental traits or powers of extraordinary leaders. Take a look at his thoughts and decide if some of these traits fit into your “Authentic Leadership” style.
The 10 Fundamental Powers of Extraordinary Leaders
The Power of Vision – A vision must call forth individuals to become more of who they truly are. It is the power to create a mission and dream that inspires others to follow your leadership.
The Power of Unreasonable Expectations – To receive the ultimate rewards, you must live by the ultimate standards. Our standards determine our level of excellence.
The Power of Conviction – The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your ability to deal with uncertainty. One of the guarantees of life is that it will constantly challenge us. That is why discipline, resolve and conviction are so important to any great leader.
The Power of Connection – True leaders have an uncanny ability to care and connect. The core of who they are as people is rooted in the principles of love, caring and compassion.
The Power of Passionate Communication – To inspire others, you must first be inspired. Great leaders do not push others. Instead they inspire others to push themselves.
The Power of Strategic Innovation – One of the only constants in life is change. Great leaders proactively and effectively manage change. They do this through strategic innovation and the constant desire to make change an asset vs. a liability.
The Power of Action – Leaders are bold. They are men and women of action. Remember, “Watch feet not lips” – there is much more power in a leader’s walk than in their talk. The inability to take action even when facing the toughest decisions and challenges is a cancer to great leadership.
The Power of Truth – Leaders tell themselves, and everyone with whom they interact, the truth. This means being “authentic” so that your words match your actions.
The Power of Character – Leaders are responsible, consistent, courageous, loyal, and fearless. A leader’s soul is unfulfilled unless it is an example of good character. Good character is defined by a person’s true desire to serve others as their primary goal in life.
The Power of Giving – Leaders define their value and create their legacy by the difference they make in the lives of others. Giving is not done with the purpose of getting something in return. As you have probably heard it said … generosity doesn’t keep score. With any great leader, giving is the essence of their identity.
I find the desire and ability to lead others is one of the most worthwhile pursuits in life. Why? Leadership is a skill set that allows you to make a difference. It is also a mindset that plays a major role in defining your legacy. I believe the ability to be a great leader lies within all of us.
In closing I’d like to encourage each of you to meditate on this for a moment … “it is much easier to lead than to push.” Make this foundational in the way you manage your business and you will undoubtedly reap the leadership rewards you are seeking.
By Patti Franklin
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