Someone recently said that the new leader in their department was just lucky to get the job. Another person replied, “I heard he got the position because the company president thinks he’s a born leader.” Is it luck? Are people born leaders – is it just the luck of the gene-pool draw?
If you want to reach your pot of leadership gold, here are three elements you must understand about yourself:
Your purpose. What is it you want to accomplish in your life? What difference do you want to make? Author, Lewis Carroll, reminds us, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Employees need to know that their leaders will be consistent, that they will help to set the framework for how projects, initiatives, and tasks will be completed. Leaders set the tone for the culture of the team and workplace as well. Knowing your purpose gives you focus for your leadership.
Your values. You view your world through your values. They create the framework for every decision you make. Values inform your thoughts and beliefs about yourself, others, and projects or initiatives. Those thoughts and beliefs create feelings, which result in actions. Effective leaders know what their values are, and how they impact their life every day.
Your goals. When you are clear on your purpose and your values, you can begin to put together your goals for both your personal and professional lives. In turn, when others understand your goals, they will better understand what is expected of them as well.
Every person is unique and their leadership style is unique to them. Whether or not you are born with leadership skills, they can be acquired and honed over time. Effective leaders understand their purpose, values and goals.
The good news is that everyone has the ability to learn. Everyone has the ability to thrive. Everyone has the power to better themselves and become the leader they want to be. It’s not luck, it’s determination.
If you are struggling to understand the kind of leader you want to be, contact Joy! Lucky are the teams who have leaders with clear purpose, values and goals.