Great Leaders, Part One

Managing Talent

Great leaders take every opportunity to learn and develop themselves

Published on: December 4, 2012

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; kind, but not weak; bold, but not a bully; thoughtful, but not lazy; humble, but not timid; proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

Well that doesn't seem too complicated, right? 

Leaders are constantly doing a balancing act, walking the fine lines. Leaders set the culture of the entire company or farm whether they are trying to or not. Everyone watches the owners and senior management. Employees are constantly watching and observing every move they make; the way they talk to people, their mannerisms, their actions and reactions.

Leaders set the tone and ultimately guide others who will mimic their behaviors. If you have mastered being a leader, then you are servant to your team working behind the scene to bring out the best talents in each of your team members, leading through silent actions, building camaraderie amongst the group, and taking ownership for mistakes.

Being one of the greats is glorious and yet not so glorious. There is an underwhelming percentage of leaders who have what it takes. If you get it right, your employees will work harder, produce more, leave less often and support your every direction.

The goal for those at the top is to have a group of individuals reach higher achievements than they ever thought possible. Through influence and empowerment they increase innovation, productivity and impact their team has on the business.

One trait of those that get it right is they are constantly evaluating themselves and improving on their leadership abilities. They are self-evaluating their actions and influence. My next several blogs will focus on exploring what great leaders do well. We'll address how they make decisions, how they develop relationships and build teams and surround themselves with smart, mega-performing individuals.