How Big Is Your Leadership Lid?

By: Susie Young-Tatum in John Maxwell, 3 years ago

To reach the highest level of effectiveness, you have to raise the lid of leadership ability.

John Maxwell

Principles of leadership include influence, impact, vision, flexibility, authenticity, trust and action. When good leaders lead there are good results. When great leaders lead, there are great results!  Leadership is an action, it’s not a position.


Principles Of Leadership

  1. Influence. The ability to make a positive effect within an organization, and in other people’s lives, is often a motivating factor for many leaders. Some leaders want to serve, and others want to control. Leaders that have the greatest positive influence are those that come from an authentic place of serving. Servant Leadership is a shared position where the actions of the leader puts the needs of the organization first. The servant leader unlocks the potential of other’s skill and knowledge. The influence is not on what the leaders does, rather on what is brought out from those they are leading.
  2. Impact. What impact is the leader having within the organization? What impact is the organization having on the world? All great leaders have made an impact on the world. Great leaders have a vision of how they can make a difference in the world. The impact of great leadership ripples through the organization, and continues to ripple through our society.
  3. Vision. It all starts with an idea. Vision is what inspires people. A great leader will communicate effectively the vision for what impact the actions will have on the world.
  4. Flexibility. t’s easier to adapt to the ever changing world around us when we have a flexible mindset. Having a flexible leadership style allows the organization to grow organically, always allowing for new ideas and a change in a direction in order to reach the final goal. Leaders with a flexible mindset allow for the growth of the skill level, knowledge, and ever changing environment around them. A great leader can be flexible in ideas and direction directions because the values and character of the leader is always in tact.
  5. Authenticity. It’s best to show up “real”. An authentic leader is not afraid to admit their mistakes. For a healthy organization, the leader needs to be open, honest and true to self. In doing so, they build confidence and trust. When there is trust, anything is possible.
  6. Trust. Without trust, there is nothing. Relationships are built on the foundation of trust. The individuals in the relationship know and trust that everyone has each other’s best interest at heart. Leaders build trust by being compassionate, contributing, communicating, and connecting.
  7. Action. There has to be an end result. What is the impact on the world? Leaders help move the organization towards their vision to have the impact on the world. Achieving the goals only comes by way of action. The leader has the opportunity to move the organization to task. When the leader moves, so does the organization. Talk is cheap, action produces the results.

Raise the lid on leadership, have strong principles, make an impact in the world. The greater the influence, far reaching the vision, clarity in communicating from an authentic place, and trust in the leader, the more the organization will take action to obtain the goal it is seeking. When the goal of the group is reached, the larger impact it has on the world.

As a leadership coach, I help other’s strategize and communicate more effectively, so the organization can have the greatest positive impact on the world.

Susie Young-Tatum, CPLC




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