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Leadership is often misunderstood to be inherent in a title or position. It is just those people that so often fail. When Abraham Lincoln was serving in the military, he was elected by the men in his company to be their leader with the designation of Captain. According to many sources of history, he was not as successful in leading his men as one might imagine. In fact, he could not remember basic commands and eventually resorted to having his men meet him at a predetermined location. Eventually, he was discharged and re-enlisted as a private.
Lincoln eventually became president. He was known for his leadership ability but he learned it over time. He gained influence and even more respect. Not many men could put some of his most vehement rivals in their cabinet and successfully lead them.
It is often said that leadership is influence. That is certainly true. But Adolph Hitler, Fidel Castro, and Jim Jones of the Jonestown Massacre were all leaders. Yes, leadership is influence but a good leader requires much more.
John Maxwell, an internationally acclaimed leadership expert lays out 21 qualities of a good leader. And that is just one of the more than 50 books he has written and has sold over 30 million copies. The day we stop getting better is the day we start declining.
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How many premier athletes have coaches? The top golfers have coaches. You would be hard-pressed to find an elite quarterback that doesn’t have a coach. Olympic athletes all have coaches.
Do these people need coaches because they do not have talent? Of course not. They are good at what they do, but they want to be the best. Coaches help them bring out the best. They do that by observing, listening, and asking questions. They are not necessarily elite athletes themselves but they don’t have to be.
Coaching is the art of helping a person think differently. They do this by alternately challenging them to look at other ways to do things, supporting them to try and keep coming up with new ideas, and again challenging them to implement these ideas. Finally, they support them to keep going when the going gets tough.
Coaches don’t tell you what to do. They help you discover how to take different perspectives and come up with new approaches to the challenges you face. It is a process that makes athletes and executives better, so they can become the best.
The question is, do you want to be the best at what you do? Do you want to be able to get the most out of the people you lead? Most likely you do.
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