I am going to share secrets that how can become from good to great leaders, no one ever share with you.
Good and great leaders have perfect strategies, and there is no evidence that the good to great leaders spent more time on long-range strategic planning then the great leaders. Technology can accelerate a transformation, but technology cannot cause a transformation. Can a good leader become a great leader and, if so, how? The majority of leaders never become great because leaders have good qualities not great. I am going to share the most important qualities to become from good to great leaders. I am sure if any leader adapts these qualities can become from good to great.
They are emotionally intelligent.
First, we make our attitudes. Then our attitudes make us. (Dennis Waitley)
Great leaders are emotionally intelligent. They know how to identify, understand and control their emotions to manage himself and their relationship with others. Emotions are involved in everything we do: every action, decision and judgment. Emotionally intelligent people identify and use their thinking to manage their emotions rather than being managed by them. Emotional Intelligent consists of four groups Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Social Skills.
There are many benefits associated with developing your own emotional intelligence capabilities, and those benefits range from the personal to the organizational.
The higher your emotional intelligence, the more likely you are to succeed in personal and professional relationships.
There is a strong correlation between well-developed emotional intelligence and personal self-satisfaction and overall self-confidence.
Having a good understanding of yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses is essential to superior performance when on the job.
15% of people successful due to their IQ
85% People successful due to their EI
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They are like a Coach.
Based on a three-year study of over 3,000 executives, Daniel Goleman identified six different leadership styles:
Coercive (or Commanding)
Leaders treat people like a coach. Great leaders enable people to discover their strengths, focus on development and learn from their mistakes. Leaders help them to move forward in their role and take responsibility for their goals and actions. It discourages control and command methods of management and brings out the hidden talents and skills of each individual.
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Good to great leaders lead with humility and professional will.
Good to great leaders never wanted to become larger-than-life heroes. They never aspired to be put on a pedestal or become unreachable icons. They were seemingly ordinary people quietly producing extraordinary results.
The good to great leaders began the revolution by first getting the right people on the bus and then imagined out where to drive it.
Great leaders place their best people on leading opportunities, not the biggest problems. Great leaders move their problems; don’t move their great people. When leaders know their essential need to make a people revolution, act. First, be sure they don’t simply have someone in the wrong seat.
The old adage “people are your most important asset. The right people are. Good to great leaders create a culture wherein people have an incredible opportunity to be heard and, eventually for the truth to be heard. Great leaders create a culture of discipline is not just about action. It is about getting disciplined people who engage in disciplined thought and who then take disciplined action.
They empower their team with appreciation.
A group of frogs was migrant through the woods suddenly two of them fell into a deep pit. Other frogs saw the deep the pit, and told the fallen frogs they can’t do it, you are going to die. The fallen frogs didn’t focus on their words and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their power. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took attention to other frogs’ words and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continuously tries to jump as hard as he could. He jumped as hard as he can and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog described that he was deaf. He thought they were boosting him the entire time.
There is the power of life and death in your words. An appreciated word can break or make the other’s life. So be careful of what you say. Think before you speak. The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way.
A simple word, with French origins, appreciation expresses a multitude of emotions – Value, approval, recognition, gratitude, pleasure, regard, estimation, admiration, affection, to name a few. If there has been anything that has probably remained constant and unchanged throughout the ages, it is human nature and its innate desire for appreciation. Being appreciated is one of the single most uplifting acts. Great leaders empower their team with appreciation.
They break their comfort zone.
There was a king who took care the people in his kingdom lived in peace and relaxed. Once the king received special gifts from other friendly kings.
King had received two eagles amongst all gifts, except there was only a single problem.
The Eagles refused to travel. The king appointed a trainer and instructed him to make sure that the eagles follow his commands. The trainer took the two eagles and slowly started to train them with great aspiration and endeavor. Now the trainer too faced a problem, out of the two eagles only one learned to fly higher after the training.
The other eagle no matter what so ever training was provided just refused to travel from the branch and held on to it tightly. “It just refused to move and fly.”
The king saw the way things shaped up for the eagle and became very pathetic and depressed.
The king called all big trainers of animals and birds and even magicians of the land, but the eagle simply refused to travel, quite a determination the eagle exhibited in its love for the branch!
Ultimately a poor farmer who understood the king’s situation and rushed to his aid informing him that he will take this arduous task. The king too depressed, handed over the eagle to the farmer and wished him luck!
One month passed by, the king while going through his kingdom in his chariot was astonished to find the “unmovable eagle flying higher and higher.”
He was thrilled and called for the farmer to ask him for the solution that made this eagle fly?
The simple farmer replied that he had just cut off the branch the eagle was holding tightly, now it had to travel from that branch and should learn to fly higher, as eagles are destined to fly higher not get caught in a comfortable zone.
As simple as it was!!
We as human beings are also designed to fly higher like the eagle, but we cling on tightly to the comfort zones of pleasure, laziness, addictions that bring us temporary reliefs. Leaders break their comfort zone to fly higher like the eagle.