Success is a very difficult thing to measure for it means different things to different people. Some people like to check their bank balance, others count the amount of friends that they have.
Some of the richest people in the world can feel unfulfilled, so what is success? I would argue that success comes from being appreciated and respected from others. After all, success is normally granted onto others not attained. To be a leader in your chosen field is the true measure of success.
The highest level of success comes to those with the courage to lead. Think about great figures in history, Caesar, Churchill, Washington, and then think about the characteristics they shared in common.
Perhaps the most important characteristic of all was the respect they engendered from others. Despite all of their admirable traits, they could not have achieved success without the will of others.
If you want to become a leader among others, you need to consider the way you relate to people in general. No one has ever reached the top of anyway from relying solely by them. That is why the potential leader needs to consider all the relationship options open to him.
A good leader looks to give back to others as much as he/she expects to receive. You must lead from example by setting the right principles you are going to adhere to. The best leaders in business are fully aware of the needs and desires of their workforce.
The best companies to work for are built on the principle of mutual respect. You will get a lot more out of a team if you are sensitive to their individual and collective needs.
The most successful companies include desirable characteristics such as decency and sound and just morals among their most important guiding principles. Being a good leader requires hard work, but it will be worth it in the long run, because people will be far more likely to go the extra mile for you if they respect you and your principles.
That is not to say that you should be a pushover when it comes to dealing with people. The balance needs to be struck between being morally good and appearing weak. You need to command respect not appear to be a friend or push over.
It is important to recognise that this doesn’t mean you should be a A good leader finds that people and opportunity attract themselves to him like bear’s to honey. If you are a good enough leader you will not need to bend over and make concessions for people will want to be near you.
The good leader knows how to strike the right balance of being just and fair but firm and hard headed when necessary. In the same way that the first priority of any soldier is to put the interests of the platoon as before anything individual, so too does a successful businessman or manager put the interests of their enterprise or project before an individual need or desire to appear popular.
On a fundamental level, good leadership springs from experience. One way to think about this is if you think of your first day in a new job, for instance. To begin with, you were likely to be hesitant , unsure , looking for confirmation from others that you are doing the right thing.
Fast forward 6 months later and think of the difference in outlook and attitude. You have grown into the role, you are more assertive because you have gained the necessary knowledge to complete your tasks according to a set standard.
In short, you have become more confident because you believe in your ability to get the job done. As a leader you wear your confidence as an aura of invincibility. Once you have experienced an event you should learn from it as much as possible. You should take everything you can from every experience you encounter in life.
Remember that a leader needs to be well balanced in all their faculties. If you are overly self critical, apprehensive about trying new things or suffering from a lack of confidence, the chances are you are fearful of something such as failure or rejection.
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