“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”.
Warren G. Bennis
The above words by Mr. Bennis really define leadership and a leader. A leader is not only a charismatic person with a flattering tongue, as we usually imagine him to be. A great leader has to have a far reaching vision on which he has firm belief and strives to turn that vision into a reality by the help of well organized plans through highly skilled people. Being a leader is really not as easy as it sounds; you have to muster a great amount of potential and skill, in addition to an extra ordinary vision.
I just remembered another quote about leadership which states that leadership cannot be taught, it can only be learned. In this quote, you can actually find out the first step to be a better leader. Can you see what I am talking about? You got it right! You need to open yourself to learn about leadership. No one is going to come and teach you. It is you who have to take the initiative and actively observe great leaders to understand the art of leadership.
When you will start observing the traits of great leaders, you will understand that leadership is basically the art of making others do what they wouldn’t do if they are not led. In other words, a great leader is a master of people’s minds. Here we are going to discuss four principles to improve your skills for making people work for you happily and make your visions come true:
1. Trade Minds with your subordinates:
This one basic principle is going to work like magic because it makes you think like the one whom you want to influence. Trading minds means getting into the shoes of other person and thinking out their reaction about a particular situation. You can forward your instructions better and inspire others to take action if you speak their language rather than your own. You can become a great speaker if you talk about the interests of your audience rather than babbling your own interests. You can influence anyone if you keep in mind their background and talk accordingly.
2. Be a human not a machine:
Let’s admit something universal, nobody likes to be treated like a machine. Most of the times, people hate their bosses just because they are treated like mere machines than humans. If you want to be a great leader, treat people like humans. Keep a Be-Human approach in every situation.
3. Think improvement and strive for higher standards in everything:
A leader’s mind sees what others don’t, that is what makes him a leader. Think progress; strive for improvement and better ways to do everything. Think ways to add value to your services, your subordinates and customers. Push for improvement and maintain higher standards in every aspect of your command.
4. Take out time to confer yourself:
You have the solution to every problem if you use your inner wisdom. Try to tap your supreme thinking power daily to solve all your problems and get creative ideas.
Use these extremely simple yet powerful tips to be a great leader. Have some tips of your own? We would love to hear them in the comments sections.