Monday, January 2, 2017

8 Things Leaders Do (even if they are NOT the Boss)

Anyone can be a leader...YOU CAN BE ONE--definitely!

Often, it makes sense to follow the orders of your boss…or your boss’ boss…or your boss’ boss’ boss, etc.

However, have you ever noticed that some people follow someone…even though they are NOT the boss.  In fact, they might not have any authority at all.  Yet, several people, if not many, seem to hang on their every word…almost mindlessly follow their direction. (not always a bad thing)  This is especially true within social media platforms.

See Also: Ways to be a Leader in Social Media

While watching a couple of videos, I heard Simon Sinek, the famous leadership and management speaker, use a phrase that caught my attention:

“Leadership without Rank”

I’ve often noticed this of others…and occasionally even thought this about myself, but those words never hit me.  It definitely made me think and remind myself about different times I noticed this in my life...that I was able to remember.

Here are some of the leadership traits I’ve noticed from the “truest” leaders:

1. Know what you want
2. Know your group
3. Know what they need
4. Know what they want
5. Find ways to build people around you (with their self-confidence AND competence)
6. Have an “ownership mentality”
7. Making decisions that consider others, not just ourselves
8. Take an interest in what is best for the group (even if you lose your “job” because of it)

Essentially, I notice that the best leaders seem to care to try answering…
--How can I DEVELOP that person, group, etc?
--How can I PROTECT that person, group, etc?
--What OPPORTUNITIES do I see for that person, group, etc?

Why wouldn’t we follow someone like that, regardless of whether he or she is “the boss?”

Better question, what are YOU doing to BE that leader?

Yes, it can be you…in fact, it’s already there…somewhere within you.

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