As a leader, you have to be able to work with people and lead people. Well, this is what a lot of people think. They think that you are a great leader when you are able to get people to work. In fact, personal development as a leader is very important. Your workers are a reflection of yourself.
1. Great leaders know they have a long way to go
Working as a CEO, manager or any kind of management role can make you blind. It can make you blind to see yourself. As a leader, there is no time for you to lose, because you have great responsibilities over a lot of people.
As a CEO or any kind of leader, you must know that you still have a long way to go. In fact, you know that you are not done ever in your life. There is such a long way to go and there is so much to learn. Great leaders know that they can’t settle. The people who are working for you are your responsibility and if you stop learning your company will stop living.
You see, people look up to you because you take responsibility for them. You are the person who pays them for the things they do. Being able to understand this is crucial if you want to become a better leader. This also means that you know and understand that you cannot sit back as a leader. Being able to understand that there is still so much to learn and so much to do in order to become the best version of yourself, is what most leaders forget.
1.2 It is all a reflection of yourself
Your company, your people and even your children are a reflection of who you are. If you have a company and the people working within that company are all sad or stressed out, you can tell quickly that you are doing something wrong and this will be reflected within the whole company.
As a leader, you know that you must continue reflecting on yourself in order to become the best leader you can become.
2. Great leaders are the greatest learners
How many times have you heard that you are never done learning? I heard it a billion times and this is completely true. I have worked at start-ups and I could really see the difference in everything they did. The best start-ups are those who had a great leader.
The leaders I spoke and who were the most successful, are those leaders who really enjoy and love what they do. They come in with a smile and treat their people so nice. The most fascinating thing is that they keep learning and keep pushing forward.
The greatest leaders are the greatest learners. I have seen this with my own eyes. I have seen my CEO doing more work than the workers in the company and still, he has so much energy. He tries to find ways to get one step ahead every single time. I have also seen very unsuccessful start-up companies.
I can tell from experience that the worst companies always have leaders who are a little bit like a dictator. These leaders all know it too well and they don’t listen to their people. What is the point of hiring people if you know it all? Also, another thing with bad leaders is that they quit learning new stuff because they think that they are the sh#t right now and they know it all. Always blaming others is their favorite sport :).
3. Great leaders have a personal vision
The greatest leaders all have a personal vision and from this vision, they usually start a business. They just seem to know how to attract people and make them a part of their vision and mission. I have seen this skill in so many leaders.
They talk like a little child when they talk about their personal vision. Having a firm belief in what you want makes you a real leader. Along the way, you will attract people who think the same way. As a leader, you must understand that you need to have a goal in order for other people to understand what they are working towards.
If you run a business and people are working 9-5 every single day and they don’t even understand why the business you started exists, it means that you don’t have personal visions. You don’t even understand what you are working for. The outcome is that you will have people who are working for you without really understanding what they are working for. It all starts with you.
4. Great leaders have a strong self-discipline
Being a leader is not easy. Not at all. You need to be able to motivate people and you can’t expect people to have the same worketh as you have. Great leaders have a disciplined mind. They understand very well that they are the engine who runs the vehicle. Having self-discipline means that you understand the fact that you need to keep working in order for your business to keep growing.
Remember that you are in charge and if you become lazy, your people will become lazy. If you are disciplined, your team will become disciplined. That’s it.
Being a leader is not easy. You need to be able to take so much responsibility. Being a leader means that you are in charge of a lot of people. As a leader, you know that you need to keep developing yourself in order to keep your business running.
Your character will reflect itself within the whole company. Being aware of this is crucial. It will make you conscious about the fact that you need to keep your knowledge up to date, keep working on yourself and try to become the best version of yourself every single day.
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