“A leader is a dealer in hope.” - Napoleon Bonaparte
The purpose of being a leader is to inspire others to get a particular outcome. The others form together in a team and are the most important element of a business - and so the leader must lead. This is how the best do it.
Here are 10 top secrets of great leaders that you must know:
Secret # 1: You Must Believe In Yourself
The great leaders believe in themselves and their abilities. Self-doubt and low self-esteem are stumbling blocks that must be overcome. Believe in what you do, believe in your goals, then convincing your team in what they are working towards them will not be very hard.
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Secret # 2: Life-Long Learning
They are committed to staying current and learning industry trends. As a leader, you must have profound knowledge of what you do and committed to learn all your life.
“It’s not about wins and losses at this point. It’s about seeing what we can and can’t do and learning.” - Mike Goldstein
Secret # 3: Be Pro-Active
Create chances and be pro-active - Don’t wait for opportunities to knock on the door. Being pro-active instead of reactive enables us to be ready for difficult situations and take advantage of positive circumstances.
“We are not in a crisis situation, but we are taking proactive steps.” - Lee Brown
Secret # 4: Have Fun
The best leaders are the ones who love what they do and have fun with it. Everyone wants to be around a leader who knows how to have fun but still gets the job done.
“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” - Dale Carnegie
Secret # 5: Be Willing To Make Sacrifices
Leadership often equals sacrifice in some form or another. Great leaders are willing to sacrifice for the team - excellent leaders will never let on that they had to sacrifice for the team. As a leader, be calm in extreme situations and lead the team from front.
“Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Secret # 6: Have a Clear Vision
Leadership requires thought and planning. Excellent leaders plan time to think and to process information before making major decisions. Excellent leaders have an unnatural ability for seeing the big picture. They are visionary and help others to embrace their vision.
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” - Alan Lakein
Secret # 7: Know What and What Not To Say
To successful people, working with others means knowing what to say - and what not to say. Think before we speak or act. As a leader, our words and actions will be looked upon and criticized or emulated by others. People want to believe in their leaders. The good leaders are not afraid to speak their mind. Yet they are able to do so with respect.
“Sometimes when I’m talking, my words can’t keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster than we speak. Probably so we can think twice.” - Bill Watterson
Secret # 8: Discipline Yourself
Leadership requires discipline. Excellent leaders discipline themselves in order to accomplish the tasks at hand.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” - Jim Rohn
Secret # 9: Be Fair & Honest
All great leaders are honest, hard-working and conduct all their business dealing with integrity. Treat others as we would like them to treat us. If we treat others fairly and justly, we can expect that they will treat us the same. If we treat them unjustly, expect that they will treat us unfavourably.
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” - Spencer Johnson
Secret # 10: Take Care of Yourself
To be productive as a leader, you must take care of yourself and find a healthy balance. That balance differs from one person to the next, so finding your own will be up to you. Take care of your mind, body and soul to create a positive person.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn
By simply applying these secrets, you will single handedly drive your entire team towards the big vision you have planned.