There’s diversity in leadership — diversity of leaders, diversity of thoughts, diversity of values and interests. The best way to lead is by genuinely engaging the mind and the heart. The best leaders in history have left us an invaluable legacy to learn from. Leadership is to be taken seriously. A leader — whether born or made — must possess a strong will to lead responsibly and courageously. #Leadership&Management
The best leaders possess the ability to shape history and the quality to change the world one action at a time. They know that leadership is for people and about people. They’re selfless and are completely committed to leaving the world better than they found it. Their actions speak louder than their words. This type of leadership is rare nowadays, though there are a few leaders who embody it.
These are 7 truths that the best leaders live by and so can you:
1. The best leaders give respect and earn trust
Common sense is not common practice for many leaders. For instance, common leaders believe that respect has to be earned. This is what separates best leaders from common leaders. The best leaders treat all people with respect, from the poorest to the richest. They don’t put people in boxes or label them.
“If you treat people right they will treat you right … ninety percent of the time.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. The best leaders have noble intentions and legitimate reasons to lead
They have no hidden agendas and no ulterior motives. Why? Because they stand up for what they believe in and don’t compromise their values. They’re committed to eradicating dishonesty, corruption, and unethical practices. Their motto is to lead purposely and authentically, having a humble attitude and a disposition to help.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?.'” Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. The best leaders communicate tactfully
They have good manners and the ability to communicate with consideration and thoughtfulness. By communicating tactfully, the best leaders show emotional intelligence, compassion, honesty, and courtesy. Their great character, integrity, and maturity are evident in the way they communicate.
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Plato
4. The best leaders show up and are approachable
The best leaders don’t take leadership as a popularity contest nor are they obsessed with their successes making the news. The best leaders aren’t arrogant and don’t boast about themselves. They make themselves available to others and go where they are needed. They lead by example, not by force.
“Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.” A. R. Rahman
5. The best leaders take risks that other leaders do not
They are courageous and combat the abuse of power and injustice. These leaders speak the truth and and confront the truth publicly without fear. Common leaders tend to remain silent about what afflicts people for the fear of losing popularity or because they are manipulated by others whose interests are selfish.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
6. The best leaders are able to identify and meet the needs of others
They care about people, treat them with dignity, and take the time to talk with them and listen. Listening is a skill that they have mastered as they know how powerful it is. By listening, the best leaders learn things about people and are able to identify their needs and meet such needs in one way or another.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
7. The best leaders create other leaders
They recognize the talents in others and provide them with the tools to further develop them and to equip them to lead the right way. The best leaders are multipliers of talent and bring out the best in others. This is how they are able to lead effectively. They give everyone a chance to grow, they don’t play favoritism.
“True Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” Ziad K. Abdelnour