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These are uncertain and unstable times. The good news is that we create our own destiny in life, via the choices we make. People with “good luck,” who have come a long way in life, got there for a reason. And one of the things that creates the “luck” that successful people often experience is the ability to lead people.
Benefits of Leadership Skills
Applying the philosophies of a leader can spill over into more than your professional life, though that is generally the arena to which people apply the terminology.
You can be a leader in your family by taking on the responsibility of providing for, caring for, and nurturing those you love most. You can be a leader to your peer group, leading others on trips, adventures, and fun projects for yourselves or your community. You can also be a leader to your faith community.
The opportunities for leading others, and benefits of leading others are virtually endless. It is a master skill of life.
Characteristics of a Leader
Many people think of the words “leader” and “manager” as interchangeable, when these two terminologies and ideologies are actually extremely different from one another. Below are some concepts to keep in mind when comparing the two...
Leaders create vision
Leaders create a vision, managers set goals to achieve that vision – leaders can make people believe in a vision that is bigger than themselves as individuals. They also create the feeling in a team that all involved will be more successful working together to bring the vision to life than they would be working as individuals. Managers' jobs are to bring the vision to fruition by handling the day-to-day, specific activities.
Leaders are change agents, managers stay the course – leaders are not afraid to rock the boat, and often do so joyfully. Leaders recognize that even when things are going smoothly, there could always be another step to improvement. Managers tend to stick with what works.
unique to you and your team
Leaders are unique, managers copy what they know is already successful. Leaders are self-aware and work hard to create a brand that is personal to them, while managers mimic leadership styles they have learned from others
your team is everything
Leaders build relationships and systems that perpetuate success. But! Leaders also focus on people first, and systems and processes later. They have a good idea of who all the important people in their processes are, and make sure to always be in front of those people.
Leaders build trust and loyalty in the people they work with by consistently delivering on their promises, and fixing problems that are brought to them by their team.
If you're doing to go very far in life, you're going to need to become the type of person people want to follow.