Leadership Is The Art of Achieving Progress Through the Involvement And Actions of Others
The best leaders are people who lead from their own personal strengths, leadership philosophy, and leadership mindset. Great leaders also understand that organizational energy, workplace synergy, and end results are best attained when ambitious people with different backgrounds and thinking preferences are allowed to perform work together in a safe and supportive environment.
Great leaders know how to create such successful and supportive climates by applying the skills of adaptability, motivation, coaching, focus, collaboration, decision-making, communications, and skill development to both themselves and the people they lead.
Our preferred definition of leadership is: leadership is the art of achieving progress through the involvement and actions of others.
Great leaders focus on four critical areas to increase employee engagement and drive performance results:
- Giving team members a sense of purpose and a compelling context for committing to buy-in.
- Granting team members appropriate levels of autonomy.
- Showing empathy to team members by understanding the emotions and feelings they are going through, particularly during times of change.
- Creating a safe environment where mistakes are tolerated (and learned from) and where accountability is fair and unbiased.
These four critical areas help leaders leverage the emotions of passion, enthusiasm, self-satisfaction, trust, and loyalty to drive creativity, thinking, innovation, energy, and buy-in to strategies, tactics, and activities in pursuit of clearly stated goals and objectives.
This article is excerpted from my book Great Leadership Words of Wisdom, which is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.