Let’s talk about leadership, and more importantly; what influential leadership is really all about.
I was speaking with a business leader last week at a networking function and when the discussion of leadership came up, this woman put her hand on her heart and said to me “true leadership is from the inside out”. She is absolutely right.
Are you being the ‘leader of your ship’ in your personal and professional life?
When I approach this subject inside a coaching conversation, the perception of what leadership is to each individual is varied and wide. Some of the most common responses are: being a strong communicator to lead others effectively, clarity in making quick decisions, a clear direction in business, control and authority of team effectiveness.
Yes, absolutely these traits play a big part in being an influential leader, yet there are paramount qualities that most business leaders do not take the time to acquire.
Many leaders have been trained a certain way and have taken the role as a leader without becoming aware of their own evolving path. In other words, trying to work harder with new knowledge and new actions, expecting new results.
I continually witness leaders hitting the glass ceiling because they are taking new action that is not sustainable to the success of their vision and mission.
Now is the time for leaders to challenge the status quo and step into the revolutionary leadership style in order to bust through the glass ceiling for good.
What seems to be overlooked when it comes to becoming an influential leader is knowing who you are, what your inspiring vision is and taking right action in accordance with your powerful why.
Influential leadership is all about you knowing yourself well enough with a strong personal and professional foundation, so much so, that others are affected just by who you are ‘being’. Become mindful of your actions and the words you speak as they play a major part in being an inspiring, persuasive and innovative leader.
Have you ever met someone, and before you have spoken to them, you just know there is something about them that seems impressive and stands out from the crowd? This is called ‘presence’. Those leaders with great presence will be on the leading edge of this revolutionary leadership path.
In the busy, fast pace of business and life today, standing out from the crowded market in an authentic and connected manner is paramount. Leaders are evolving very quickly and if they are not consciously connected with who they are, why you do what you do, and what makes you unique; you will get left behind.
There are 7 top qualities that the most influential leaders throughout the world utilise, giving them the edge as an influential leader who naturally inspires others.
Influential leaders all have the developed trait of self-direction. They have created a game plan for their whole life. They have a clear vision and mission and have set goals based on their values and consistently work towards them until they are achieved. Identify what your self-direction is and create a plan on how to achieve it.
Influential leaders ‘make’ it happen. Setting up systems in your personal and professional life supporting you in achieving your goals. Self-management gives you energy and determination in making things happen. Learn ways to manage yourself, especially when challenges arise.
Influential leaders display a positive self-awareness. They know themselves very well – their strengths and weaknesses. They are more tuned into others around them and intuitively tune-on much quicker than others. Develop ways to become more aware and mindful in the hustle and bustle of everyday activities.
Influential leaders practice self-discipline. You will never get to where you want to go if you do not have self-discipline. Identify what’s holding you back from being self-disciplined and how to break through the blockages of moving forward. Develop trust by doing what you say you are going to do.
Influential leaders see themselves as winners – they act like winners. They have a powerful personal brand expressing their unique strengths, gifts and talents. They consciously evolve with insight being the full representation of their authentic brand in the face of both challenges and opportunities. Develop ways to create your leadership self-image.
Influential leaders have developed a strong self-confidence – they weren’t necessarily born this way. With practice, they have learnt to develop high levels of self-worth. Positive self-talk is the key to positive self-confidence. Become conscious about what your self-talk is saying to you all day, every day, and how you can develop natural self-confidence.
Influential leaders have a positive self-expectancy enabling them to be better prepared for opportunities. Be aware of what results you expect because you will always attract what you expect. Develop ways to manage and prepare yourself through self-expectancy.