Works Well with Others

Works Well with Others

What does it take to be a leader?

Books on leadership have muddied the waters, oftentimes overcomplicating the basic skill set required to be a leader.

Leadership is at heart a relatively intuitive, straightforward way of being.

When you embrace the situation you are in, and do whatever you can do to help others achieve common goals, you’re a leader.

Not everyone becomes a CEO of a company, yet that doesn’t mean that if you’re starting out as an intern or an entry-level position that you can’t lead from within.

There are two basic skills that cover 80 percent of the situations in which you’ll find yourself leading.

They are:

  1. the ability to manage yourself
  2. the ability to work well with others.

Managing yourself

The secret of leadership is that it starts with you.

It starts with the most mundane of shifts, expanding and taking personal control over things you can control.

You need to

  1. know how to manage and prioritize your time, and
  2. manage how you show up during a crisis.

When I say manage and prioritize your time, it doesn’t mean you have to have perfect files or to be a productivity guru.

You need to know if you’re the right person, performing the right task, at the right time.

Learn to ask: Are you the right person for this task? Is this the right time to be doing whatever you’re doing?

Secondly, leaders react to crises with just the necessary response.

No more and no less.

Leaders put in the right amount of energy to correct a situation, and return to a state of equilibrium.

They don’t overdramatize. They don’t ruminate.

Work Well with Others

If you’re a leader, you need to learn how to work well with others.

You need to be able to listen to tough feedback and learn from the crucial tips from others.

You need to be flexible.

Be empathetic listening to a fellow colleague who may need a pep talk – and at the same time enthusiastic, giving someone the courage to ask for a raise or learn a crucial new skill.

In my previous newsletter,  we shattered the myth that leadership always happens in front

Leadership happens every day and it’s typically understated.

Leadership doesn’t happen in the limelight, you don’t need a title to show it leadership within a group.

To be a leader, you need to hone two skills:

  1. Ability to manage yourself
  2. The ability to get along with others

Everyone has the potential to inspire her team during a tough time.

Anyone can lead at any given moment, sometimes without even realizing it.

Leadership is in our power and in the myriad of small things that we do to make the big things possible

The reality is, you can only start leading from one place:  where you are.

Now.

What are you waiting for?

Lead the way.

Today.

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“I suppose leadership
at one time
meant muscles;
but today it means
getting along
with people.

— MAHATMA GANDHI

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