Last month I attended a session in a series titled “Transforming Leaders” with speaker Ty Bennett. One of the very first things he asked was “Why would anyone follow you”? That sure got me thinking. According to Ty, there are three reasons that people follow a “leader”:
Situational Influence – Because of the position you hold they have to listen to you.
Temporary Influence – Because of something you have done. For example, if you are an experienced rock climber, someone might let you lead them on a rock-climbing outing.
Lasting Influence – When people choose to follow you.
There are a number of qualities that create a leader with lasting influence, but the number one thing great leaders do is invest in people. See Ty talk about investing in people in this short video.
As a leader you need to invest in your people every day. Ty lists 30 ways to powerfully invest in people. These include something as simple as smiling to as difficult as refraining from criticism. A few of my favorites are really listening, celebrating their victories with them (big or small) and giving sincere compliments and praising publicly. These small acts can create powerful connections that show people you care about them. And caring about them is the core of leading them.
During this session we were challenged to take one of the qualities of a good leader and focus on that one quality for the year. There are so many qualities to choose from. What are some qualities you would list? What one quality would you choose to focus on?
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