We can all recall an image of Martin Luther King standing up and addressing a crowd during the civil rights movement back in 1963 (especially as I have ever so nicely provided you with a picture to illustrate).
Most people reading this (including me writing this) were never alive, or if alive not there and yet we still know of it and can probably quite vividly recall an image of him standing at a podium (and it’s probably black and white…)
But what does this matter?
Do you think in 53 years the people working for you will have vivid inspiring images of you?
How about 30, 20 or even just 2 years from now?
OK, probably not.
But if you think they will then a huge congratulations because you are an amazing leader!
You officially have the world’s most engaged team.
If you are feeling a little disappointed with your inspirational skills because you are seriously removed from Martin Luther King it’s OK.
You don’t need to head out, find a cause and become an activist.
You just need to make a choice.
Choose to put the relationship between you and your employees as your number one priority from here on out.
Nothing else matters.
Remember if you’re a leader then you should not be a doer.
Well, technically that’s not 100% accurate.
There are some things you will need to ‘do’.
But all the hard graft, random filing or basically anything you’re paying someone else to do is not your responsibility.
When you give people their job back the strangest thing happens.
They start to enjoy working.
You actually have time to chat, take a break and do the leadership stuff.
Now being an actual leader is the most important thing you will do on a daily basis.
Just consider this:
If there is no one leading then where are you going?
Even in the car we rely on a Sat Nav to get us to where we need to be.
Like a Sat Nav sometimes leaders get it wrong (but hopefully unlike a Sat Nav – no one will drive off a cliff, go the wrong way down a one way street or through someone’s garden…)
The thing is we don’t give up on the Sat Nav for that one mistake.
We trust it to find the right route next time.
We may no longer have blind faith, but we trust.
So answer me this – if you are a leader (and in this analogy a Sat Nav) where are you leading your team?
Are you heading towards the bright lights of growth, prosperity and Blackpool?
Are you stuck on the M25 circling London but never able to find the right exit?
Or are you about to head over the cliff because you just can’t seem to work out how to turn round?
I hope it’s the first of these three – but I bet you’re either sat at number 2 or 3…
What’s going to happen if you do nothing?
What is going to happen if you choose to embrace being a leader?
I know which one I’d rather choose to do…
So how about 5 tips to help you be a leader?
Read on my friend, because life’s too short for you to have to jump on Google and find someone who knows what they’re talking about (especially after already spending 5 minutes reading this post)
Tip 1: Remember that no one is beneath you
Have a fabulous day & lead on!
Catch up soon – Katie.
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Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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