I have found over the years that leadership is learned, not something you are born with. There are 4 types of leadership styles that are learned from experience you gain from working in group settings. One trait I found from talking to many leaders throughout the years is that leaders are ongoing learners, they never stop learning, reading and seeking out as much information as they possible can. You will find that most leaders keep a file with inspirational leadership quotes that they review daily or weekly.
Leadership is learned
The 4 types of leadership styles I have seen are:
1. Setting the example
2. Enlisting the help of others
3. Experiment and taking risks
4. Putting others first, mentoring for self improvement
Setting the example
Most leaders I have had the pleasure of working with either have these four styles or a least two of them. Leaders set an example for the people they lead, they do not just tell people what to do, they actually show them, support them and then practice what they preach on a daily basis. The best leaders are those who teach with the desire to educate those around them to make them the best possible person they can be. Leaders are not the ones looking for the credit for everything, in fact they enjoy letting others get the credit. I once read a quote by Zig Ziglar that sums this all up: “Help enough other people get what they want in life and you will get what you want in life.”
Great leaders know that nothing in this world can be accomplished without the help of others. No matter what your looking to achieve in life it will take the help of others or at least one person along the way. Make friends, reach out of your confront zone and speak with those you really don’t know. Opportunity in life can come from the least expected place, if you pass by with out speaking to others those opportunities will stay hidden for ever.
Experiment and take risks
Remember its about opportunities and trying things out of your comfort zone you must be a risk taker, someone who is not afraid to fail. Failure is just a learning experience and you must view it that way. The highly successful leaders are the ones that use failure to fuel there achievement. If you never try, you will never learn.
Putting others first, mentoring for self improvement
The great leaders are always looking to help others first, their overall goal is helping to improve the people around them. All leaders strive to make everyone they come in contact with better then they were before they met. Successful leaders know they cannot do it alone, they reach out to others, try to improve them and seek out others who have different skills sets then theirs. A great leader doesn’t have to do everything by themselves, they surround themselves with others that are strong at the things the leaders are not.
Leaders develop habits
All leaders develop daily habits that include those 4 types of leadership styles. Its in those daily habits that leaders find there success, without daily habits you will just be floating through life without making any progress. One the best books I have ever read is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations
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