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How To Lead From The Front

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What does it mean to lead from the front? Why do leaders need to lead from the front, not from behind?

Leading from the front is attractive to employees. They want to see their boss leading by example. It builds leadership trust. It creates an environment of respect.

As a leaders, a good leader, you cannot motivate your people without leading from the front. You cannot build trust without leading from the front. You must lead by example. You must show your people the behavior you want to see in your organization. Reward what you want to see more of. It means doing exactly what you want your people to. In other words, you are walking the talk. If not, your people will not be motivated to do anything.

Don’t ask your people to do what you will not do yourself. You must work harder than they do, and they will repeat it. That is what leading from the front really means.

Once they see you (their boss) in action, they will do the same. They don’t want to let the team down. Stay in front, your people will join you.

But when you lead from behind, you are asking your employees to do what you will not do yourself. Even if they manage to do it, they will not be happy. They will resent you, and productivity will suffer.

It is all about motivation. If you want to motivate your employees, respect them, do what you want them to do for you, walk the talk, support them, encourage them, train them, and be present. They will do anything for you.

Lead from the front, not from behind. If you do, you are a great leader.

Responsibility: What Does It Mean To You?

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There is power in taking personal responsibility. There is power in holding yourself accountable for your successes and failures.

What does responsibility mean to you?

Does it mean holding yourself accountable? Or,

Does it mean blaming other people for your failures?

To me, it means response-able, meaning I am able to respond positively to what life has in store for me.

Taking responsibility means holding yourself 100% accountable for your actions, feelings, and thoughts. It means the ability to create your own circumstances, to create the life you want for yourself.

Losers blame others for their lives. They fail to take 100% responsibility for their lives. They fail to create the life they want for themselves. Instead, they blame others for their situations. The teacher, the economy, the spouse, the professors, the manager, the boss, or the neighbor. You can blame these people all you like. One thing is clear: they are not responsible for your situation. You are responsible.

Winners take full responsibility for their lives. They don’t blame anyone for their failures. They take action. They take responsibility for their lives. They control their lives. They create the life they want to live. They take full control of their lives- including failures and successes. They don’t give their power away to conditions. They know that taking responsibility and power walk together. Josiah Gilbert Holland said, “Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.”

How to take responsibility.

  • Please, please, please, stop blaming people for your failures. Blaming others stops you from changing your attitude. It stops you from learning how to change your situation. Stop.
  • Stop complaining. You are not a complainer; you are a winner. Think like a winner, not like a complainer. The more you complain, the more positive things will work away from you. No one wants to be around a complainer.
  • Enjoy life. Embrace life. Celebrate life. There is no room for negative emotions. I know negative emotions are part of who we are. They are here to stay. The only solution to manage negative emotions is to recognize it/them. Be a positive person. Surround yourself with positive people, and they will bring light into your life.
  • Create no room for excuses. If you really want to take responsibility for your life, you should create no room for lousy excuses. If it happens, you are the creator, not your former teacher, or your former boss.
  • Take action. I love this! My friend, as you read this, start to think how you are going to put everything to practice. Because without practice, nothing will stick with you.
  • Accept yourself. Accept yourself for who you are, not who others want you to be. You can’t be anyone, but yourself.

If you want to live a better life, take 100% responsibility for your life.

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