First Things First...We must take a personal inventory
- What qualities do you think are most important for managing this group?
- Match your skills against the job. What areas are you strong and what areas are you weak?
Three Main Leadership Skills
- The ability to place others above yourself
- The ability to listen
- The ability to elicit cooperation
10 Mistakes That Every Leader Makes
- Repeating the same mistakes
- Being flexible
- Trying to be what you’re not
- Being a commander rather than a leader
- Failing to listen
- Getting caught up in your own glory
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- Hoarding skills or information
- Taking yourself too seriously
- Missing the gray areas
Three Key Leadership abilities
- Elicit the cooperation of others. You must be able to get others to buy into your vision of the future and the right way to get there.
- Listen well. You have to be able to gather many kinds of information from others in order to lead; doing so requires that you hone your listening skills
- Place the needs of others above your own needs. Leadership requires that you be willing to sacrifice for the greater goal.
The Responsibilities of a Leader
- Developing a vision
- Coming up with a plan
- Working toward goals
- Building a strong team
- Figuring out what your team needs − and giving it to them
- Getting people to follow through with their responsibilities
What about Expectations?
- Having your own expectations
- Figuring out the expectations of the people on your team
- Meeting the expectations of your boss
Creating A Winning Team
- Being careful in how you select your team
- Making your team a priority
- Letting team members share their expertise
- Helping your team develop new leaders
Equipping Your Team for Success
It takes people time to adopt new ideas and adapt to new situations; therefore as leaders we must understand the four-stage process of adaption so we know how to present our vision.
- Visually: Most people are visual. Allowing them to see something new helps them to understand it.
- Emotionally: The next response after seeing something new is emotional. Give them time to process and sort through these emotions before you move on to the next phase.
- Experietially: Now that they understand something and have accepted it emotionally they are ready to give it a try. Now they are ready to move into the final phase.
- Convictionally: After people see something, accept it emotionally, and experience it positively, it becomes truly a part of their thinking.
As leaders we must
- Dare to dream: Have the desire to do something bigger than yourself.
- Prepare the dream: Do your homework; be ready when the opportunity comes.
- Wear the dream: Do it.
- Share the dream: Make others a part of the dream, and it will become even greater than you had hoped.