Vision is a necessity for leadership: trust is a requirement for followers; and teamwork is the result of cooperation. There are many leaders, but very little leadership. Quotes have been document and studies have been made of this human quality by some of the best minds of the last millennium. We are faced with a dilemma in our present culture — which has left the previous generation baffled as to who is qualified to lead. Very few people are interested in developing leadership skills, but they are so insistent on leading.
Voicing ones opinion does not qualify a person to lead. Being the loudest advocate for a legitimate cause is not a criterion in becoming a certifiable leader. To what degree can someone be a leader when no one wants to follow him or her? Self appointed or delegated leaders usually lack the necessary skills in order to properly lead. Being placed in charge does not mean that one knows how to take charge.
Good leaders do not go around flashing a leadership badge to demonstrate that they are the leader. Leaders are defined by how they lead others by influence, not with manipulation. Well-endowed leaders possess the vision and the skill to accomplish something with a (TEAM) that other so-called leaders cannot perform with an army. Informed leaders are more interested in making others better so that success can be realized from both a corporate and personal level.
My personal method for achieving such a task is my team philosophy (Training Each Ally Mentally). What and how you say something is equally as important as what you demonstrate. A good leader can become a great leader by adopting this principle.
- T= Teach, inform, instruct and coach.
- E= Individualize and train each person according to their temperament and gift.
- A= View each person as an ally, not an indentured slave.
- M= Mentally challenge them and flood them with affirmation.
This method will cause your Team to Work at its peak performance every time and you will never have to be present for the people to work as a team.