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How to become a leader

WE ARE in an age where leadership matters more than ever before. It can shape how you experience your personal life, or your success in business or your career.

But what is it exactly? Leadership is the willingness to generate transformation in how things are done in a range of settings. It’s also about creating the space and an environment for individuals and teams to perform at their best andfulfil their potential.

I believe that the successful outcomes you work towards in any field are impossible until you make those outcomes possible. Within my consultancy and coaching practice I often tell those that I work with that commitment and integrity are the key foundations to leadership and creating the possibility to make things happen.

A quote from Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, the 19th century German writer and statesman sheds some light on this. He says: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Success in developing leadership skills and moving from something that you thought was impossible to achieve to something that is within your grasp and possible to achieve depends on these five principles:

◆ Knowing who you are
◆ Knowing your values
◆ Being emotionally intelligent
◆ Contributing to growth and development of others, and
◆ Leaving a legacy to benefit others in the future

These key principles are outlined in my book, From Impossible to Possible.
I wrote it because I became aware of entrepreneurs and business leaders who, despite being ambitious, still needed encouragement to achieve their full potential.
Among the things I talk about in the book that could help would be leaders are:

What this really means for you as a leader and for the people you lead, as well as how to activate your subconscious blueprints for success.

How expanding each of these areas can boost your ability to create the life and business of your dreams, along with tools and techniques to help you do so.

Explore the real reasons behind why you may not be living up to your full potential, and how to make real progress now.

Learn how to recognise opportunities in disguise, and why the right attitude can turn almost any challenge into an opportunity.

Discover why nurturing the talent you already have is the key to improving employee retention and morale, as well as the bottom line. Understand the power of mentorship to add a major boost to the careers of people at every level within your organisation.

I like to think that the ideas I write about within these chapters will help you explore aspects of organisational excellence, as well as the importance of realising your inner purpose and harnessing your unique gifts and talents. Within the book, inspiration is combined with reflective activities designed to enhance development of thought further, as well as to build personal skills and competencies.

Here is a snippet from the chapter on Being Your Best. The points I raise here are worth thinking about as you begin your leadership journey.

Being your best requires you to:

◆ Become your authentic self.
◆ Be true to your own personality, spirit and character
◆ Show self-knowledge
◆ Reflect self-confidence. Self-confidence is based on your self-belief and your abilities, as well as freedom from doubt as to who you truly are.
◆ Shift your consciousness with the attitude of service
◆ Think about how you might you add value to the service or product you are now providing? Where is the niche that has not been developed?
◆ What is your unique selling point?
◆ What would you most enjoy doing and want to do more of?
◆ How are you providing your team with support and constant positive feedback?
◆ How are you providing yourself and your team with challenging assignments that draw out talent?
◆ Are you recognising and acknowledging those around you for their individual talents?

NEXT TIME: We will look at building effective relationships.

■ Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée author, business psychologist, executive coach and international professional speaker; you may contact her at complete the form and you will receive regular update and information

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