The most well-regarded person at a workplace is usually the one that stays positive even when faced with difficulties. The one that stands firm for what they believe in, but at the same time is not afraid to acknowledge that there might be another way of doing things.
No obstacle is too great. Every opinion is worth considering. And there’s always time for a kind word.
These are the people that make excellent leaders.
To become a great leader you have to make people want to follow you. Not manipulate or intimidate them into doing so. You have to keep showing up. Every day. Even on days when you don’t feel like it. You have to be in the trenches alongside your employees.
If you ask them to give something up, you have to give up that very same thing. If you ask them to work overtime, cancel their vacation or miss their kid’s soccer game, you have to do the same. Or better yet, all of it, ten times more.
You have to trust your tribe and you need to show them that you do. Have faith in their competence. Have faith in their ability to deliver what you ask of them.
Be crystal clear about your expectations. Let them know that you hold them to high standards. That you expect a lot from them. Perhaps even sometimes the impossible.
You have to be the one to show them that the impossible is actually possible. That’s when we dare to leap. That’s when great accomplishments can be made.
If your tribe has faith in you, they will take the leap along with you. If not, they will stay on the other side of the canyon and you will fall into the abyss.
We only remember those that successfully make it to the other side. The rest are forgotten.
Do you want to be remembered or forgotten?