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How do you develop The Leader within you?

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The future of your business rises and falls on leadership. I had the opportunity to attend a one-day global satellite broadcast on Living Leadership. It is the world's biggest business learning event and was brought to South Africa by the JSE Securities Exchange SA in conjunction with Absa and Business Report. The line-up of international speakers on leadership was more than impressive and an interesting and informative Fortune Executive Panel was chaired by Patricia Sellers - Fortune's Editor-at-Large. These magic moments in our business lives are well worth the money, effort and time.

I will share with you some of the highlights and the key pointers that I have taken out of their discussions.

The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham Author of Now, Discover Your Strengths and First, Break all the Rules.

  • One thing that you need to know about selection and training is that talent makes the difference.
  • The three clues to talent are - what are their interests, what have they learned quickly and what do they get a kick out of?
  • The chief responsibility for a manager is to turn one person's talent into performance.
  • What great managers should know is how to capitalise on what is unique to each person.
  • And the questions to be asked are - what are the right expectations, what is the right kind of recognition and what is the right kind of relationship for this person?
  • The chief responsibility of a leader is to create a better future.
  • Great leaders should capitalise on what is universal.
  • And the questions to be asked are: Who do we serve, what are our strengths, what are our scores (change these if need be) and what actions can we take today?

The Power of Positive Relationships by Ken Blanchard - Author of The One Minute Manager and Whale Done! The Journey to Effective Leadership)

  • Effective leadership is catching people doing things right - accent on the positive.
  • Move your people from dependence to independence.
  • Know where you are going.
  • Prepare and equip your people to own the business psychologically.
  • The transformational leadership model is: Self-Leadership (Perspective) to One-to-One Leadership (Trust) to Team Leadership (Empowerment) to Organisational Leadership (Effectiveness).

Leading Change: Finding your way through the maze by Dr Gary Bradt - Interpreter of Who Moved My Cheese.
If there is a change in your life or company and you don't know which way to turn, then look at the following:

  • Where's the opportunity? Change your business model or change the situation. Are you willing to let go - in order to latch on to something positive.
  • Can you envision something better; see it better or differently - not necessarily big or more dramatic.
  • What would you do if you weren't afraid - leave the maze you are in and leap over fear.
  • The core stuff is simple - tell the truth, don't over complicate, don't wait for others, don't encourage negativity and go back to basics.

Develop the Leadership Within You by John Maxwell - Author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
What makes you different is the way you think. Change your thinking and keep your thinking where it needs to be. Thoughts are disciplines.

  • Find a place to think your thoughts - a thinking chair. Just think.
  • Shape your thoughts because your thoughts will shape you.
  • Stretch your thoughts. Share your thinking - some of the best thinking has been done by others.
  • Fly your thoughts - tell someone and prepare a 'launch' for your thoughts.
  • Land your thoughts. The application of thoughts is what happens to you and others.
  • Leaders know how to connect with people. If you are at the top you have followers - take them with you.

Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
Get people on the same page. Leadership is:

  • What you believe in - the strong ideas and experience. Follow those that have great ideas.
  • Be an optimist. Nobody follows a pessimist. Follow dreams, hopes, passion and aspirations.
  • Have courage. If you have fear, overcome it. Accomplish what you have to accomplish and take risks, whether they lead to failure or success.
  • Relentless preparation. Prepare for the worst or best that can happen. Anticipate everything and prepare together.
  • Team work. Leadership is not about you - it is about everybody else.
  • Communicate effectively and that which is relevant. Communication is the result of the previous five principles. The more you know about your subject the better a communicator you are.
  • Great leaders - love people!

I trust that some of these pointers are thought provoking and will help you make changes in your life and your business.

And remember, don't get a new speech - get a new audience and don't waste your strengths. Hire winners and if you identify that a person is in the wrong slot - move them into the right slot. And as one speaker said: Have sundowners in the shade and look at the world differently.

Winnifred Knight
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