Do you have a leadership mindset? It is not a straightforward thing to have. Think of it, when you are born, it is only about you. In high school and grade school, it is about you. Even in university – particularly in university – it is all about you. But, being a leader has nothing to do with you and everything to do with you at the same time.
What does this actually mean? A genuinely great leader will take the fall for the team’s failure and encourage others to win.
How often do we hear politicians or business leaders say “I”? I did this, and I did that when we all know behind that individual was a very good team, maybe even better than the leader, people-diligent, and focused on seeking resolution.
It can be challenging to transform your mindset from focusing on you to the progress of others. After all, most bosses rise to the position because of their talents, not those around them. Once the leader is in the post, they must have a paradigm shift to concentrate on those around them.
How do you have that shift? You can do that by following the steps below.
- Begin your day by reviewing the team goals. Look to others in the team that seem to be faltering a bit and give them a boost, whether it be an email, phone call, or a quick in-person meeting. Find out what you can do for them to be more prosperous.
- Review messages you send to upper management (if a traditional business) and to your staff/downline. Wherever you can, take out the letter “I” and substitute it with “we” or some other term that will show that you are all going together as a team.
- As a leader, you will often be spotlighted for successes. Be quick to recognize the team behind you and, if relevant, highlight one or two stars that really helped make the breakthrough happen.
- In the event of a failure, bypass spotlighting anyone! Do not go accusing someone on the team of failure unless that individual is you.
- Remember, your primary purpose as a leader is to help others beneath you become leaders themselves. Focus on this daily. Set tasks, goals, or calendar items if needed to think of ways you can help present additional training or some insight to those on your team.
Your goal as a leader is to recognize those around you that are ready to become you, a leader in their own capacity.
Now You Know!