The best leaders are able to inspire people, sometimes even unknowingly. They win the hearts and loyalty of their team members which lead to the organization’s success. This kind of leader has four admirable qualities:
They are not afraid to be vulnerable. Leaders who are not afraid to fail or show their own flaws and weaknesses are able to gain the trust and cooperation of his team members. On the other hand, leaders who exude too much confidence and come across as perfect make team members believe that he does not need any help. However, great leaders also know what, when, and how to show their weaknesses. They do not show personal flaws that may jeopardize his respectability as a professional.
They are perceptive and sensitive to the feelings of others. Great leaders are good at reading cues from the people around him. People do not need to spell out everything to him before he can sense opinions and feelings. This should not be mistaken from over-sensitivity which can harm the company and the leader himself. For example, when the CEO shows signs of disappointment over the decline in sales, an over-sensitive manager worries that he will be fired. When a great leader senses the negative feelings of others he uses this knowledge to do something that will produce a positive result.
They are empathetic. Great leaders care deeply about his team members. They make sure that team members are working in a favorable environment with enough resources to get their respective jobs done. However, he is able to determine what his people need from what they want. Although great leaders are detached from other people’s personal issues, they respect and care for their team members when it comes to work matters. He makes time to evaluate their work properly as a sign of respect and mutual effort.
They are able to show their uniqueness. Each human being is unique but great leaders know what separates them from the rest. Although they know how to create a sense of belonging as part of the company culture, they also know how to keep distance in order to establish authority. While some leaders do this by dressing expensively, great leaders use their special qualities like expertise, creativity, and passion.
While it is necessary for leaders to be their authentic selves, these four admirable qualities must be part of a great leader’s personality. They must be combined with a leader’s other positive characteristics so that he can create a leadership style that inspires the people in the organization that he runs.
What inspires you to be a leader? Share your leadership experience at the comment box!
Lynn Allen – Johnson
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
― Charles Bukowski
Mr. Bukowski aptly summarizes what most of us have observed. Gifted individuals are more prone to vulnerability and insecurity than their less skilled friends. The reason behind this is explained thoroughly by Carol Dweck in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Children with a fixed mindset tend to believe that failing at a task means they are stupid or unintelligent. Dr. Dweck and her student Claudia Mueller did an experiment where a group of children was praised for their smartness while another group was praised for their efforts. The study showed that children who were praised for being smart easily lost their confidence and doubted their ability after failing a test while those who were praised for their hard work believed that their failure was due to the fact that they did not try hard enough. They therefore worked harder on the final test.
This experiment tells us two things:
1. The kind of feedback that children get from their mentors has a huge impact on their confidence.
2. We need to have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset in order to reach our full potential.
If you have a growth mindset, you choose to focus on honing your ability or learning new skills rather. You direct your efforts to getting smarter over showing that you are already smart. On the other hand, if you have a fixed mindset you believe that you already know enough and that you are born with a natural ability to do a certain task.
Now, if you think that you have been approaching life with a fixed mindset, what you need to do is shift to a growth mindset so you can reach your full potential. How can you do this?
A fixed mindset is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe that you are either born with it or without it, you will keep yourself from acquiring the necessary skills that will lead you to reaching your full potential. Remember to replace “I am not good at this,” to “I am not good at this yet.”
How are you reaching you full potential? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comment box.
Live Your Passion,
Lynn Allen – Johnson
It’s amazing to me how many people spend their lives settling for less than what they want or deserve because they are afraid to change course and venture into the unfamiliar. They let fear of change keep them stuck and unfulfilled. I was once one of these people until I realized that I would never have what my heart ached for unless I was willing to step out of all that was comfortable to me and listen to that voice inside that was screaming for me to move. It was time for a new beginning.
Here’s a perfect example of what I just don’t get. I was listening to a man speak about how much he hated the job that he had done for the past 25 years. He said that everyday he went to work he felt like it must feel like in prison. He dreaded getting up each morning to go to his job and he sounded so defeated and “joyless”. And, besides the fact that he wasn’t happy, he wasn’t making enough money to live. I asked him why he would spend 25 years of his life doing something that he had no passion for while building someone else’s dream and he had no answer.
It was at that time that I decided that I must help this man by sharing my business with him as I had created total freedom in my life by this point and I was once in his shoes. I was completely blown away by his response. He told me he could never consider anything else because he only had 5 years left until his retirement. My words “So you mean to say you are going to spend the next 5 years of your life doing something you absolutely hate in order that you can retire in 5 years with a pension that will be 1/3 of what you can’t live on now?” His answer was yes which absolutely made no sense to me.
We are all put here on this earth to let our light shine and make a difference and how dare us settle and play small because we are fearful of change. Too many of us settle in mediocrity most of our lives and in the end look back with regret. We have the opportunity every single day for a new beginning with a clean slate and yet we stay put. If what you are doing is not meeting your needs either spiritually, physically or financially, you have the power to change that beginning now.
I love new beginnings and have been blessed with the instinct to know when it’s time to change course. Many people wait till January 1st to write new goals and plan a vision and direction for their life. How about now? Why spend another day off your course! Who is ready for a new beginning?
Once you have a good understanding of the MLM business model and how you make money with its compensation plan you should then proceed to having at least some basic useful knowledge about the products. You should not just be focusing on pure profits alone even though the person you are prospecting is very much interested with the business side only.
It is very important for your company to have product movement for it is one of the best signs that proves the company is not a scam or a fly by night one. If an MLM company tells you to forget about the products and just focus on the money making side, then you should right away know that its no good and even if it performs well in the beginning it will never last that long. Continue reading
In the continuation of our discussion about how to make millions, the next option would be to become a professional athlete or a famous celebrity. Of course you know how the superstars become filthy rich just by being able to do what they love doing.
Professional athletes learn how to make millions by just simply doing the game they love playing and being good at it. Just take Tiger Woods in golf for example or Michael Jordan in basketball. They both get paid millions of dollars just by doing what they love every single day. Just imagine how great that would be if you were in their place. Sounds easy right? Guess again. Although being rich and famous like celebrities is not always the easy road to making millions because you need to have great talent, skill, and confidence to get very far and there is a ton of competition to land a dream job in sports or in the movies. Besides that, being rich and famous as a superstar would never last forever and there will really come a time that your performance will never be as good as it used to be, therefore making this not the best option on how to make millions. Continue reading