Category: Leadership

What is leadership?

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What is leadership?

Leadership is not about your title, it is not about taking advantage of other people- your customers, competitors, it is not about your MBA, it is about how you care about yourself, your employees, your customers, your competitors, and the community within which you operate your business.

Max DePree put it this way, “The process of leading is the process of fulfilling commitments made both to persons and to the organization.”

Great leaders think less of themselves, and think more of the people they lead. As a leader, if you want people to follow you to hell, put them first. Care about them and their families. Let their concerns be your concern. Let their problems be your problem. If you do, you will be the leader your people will do anything for.

How Great Leaders Motivate Their People

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How do great leaders motivate their people?

Great leaders motivate their people by focusing largely on communication. As a leader, if you want your people to listen to you, to work with you, to bring their best to work, stop using words that exclude them from your organization.

Stop using singular pronouns like: you, I, mine. When you use such words, you are telling your people that they are not part of your team or organization.

Change them to positive and inclusive words. Change them with words like: We, Us, Our. If you change them, your people will appreciate you, and open their minds to work for/with you.