repost from 2014
Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” This principle applies to any type or level of success, including leadership. Knowing the advanced leadership skills and techniques is good however, the basic fundamentals of leadership must always be at the center of a leader’s life. Knowing and consistently applying the basics will greatly assist you in being a successful leader. Below are 3 of those crucial fundamentals:
Self-leadership is about leading yourself exceptionally well. The core element to self-leadership is to maintain your character, beliefs, values, and be a person of integrity. In a world full of unethical and immoral compromises, we need more leaders who are strongly founded. Make sure not to risk the downfall of your influence by compromising any of those core areas. Self-leadership positions a leader for success.
Whether you have a leadership title or not, positive influence is essential. The person who has the positive influence has the true power and will be able to lead those around them. Those who solely rely on a position of authority or a title will find it difficult to gain influence. Followers in today’s culture are demanding leaders and managers who display positive influence. Brian Tracy provides wise advice about how we should lead. He said, “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.”
3. Relationship skills
Relationship skills are at the ground level of successful leadership. Leadership is a people business. Stanley Allyn said, “The most useful person in the world today is the man or woman who knows how to get along with other people. Human relations is the most important science in living.” Relational leaders take time to get to know and socialize with those on their team. A key element behind this is to spend regular time with and around your team members.
Question: What other fundamentals allow for successful leadership?
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