Every leader can and must lead with his or her mind and soul. Using a balance of caring and power, everyone who has a leadership role can and needs to be the catalyst for positive change using the personality of the business.
Since a leader is the visible communicator of values and morals in an organization, the leader needs to be highly self-aware of his or her limitations, influence and “message.”
Business leaders, through their attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs, have the ability and bestowed power to make or break the fortunes of the investors, employees, and business partners. Because of this key influence, every leader must understand his or her power and wield it wisely.
The best leaders are those who know they do not have all of the answers and rely on coaches and mentors to create something magnificent and beneficial.
To be successful today, leaders must have integrity. With integrity, their brand is enhanced, employees are trustworthy, and profits soar. Without it, the leader becomes an empty shell spouting meaningless slogans.
To be powerful and influential, leaders must see their decisions and actions in context with the employees’ desires, the stockholders’ needs, the customers’ concerns, and society’s demands. Without this “inside-out vision” and the ability to execute their plans, the leader becomes a bureaucrat.
Leaders impact lives and the world so they must be vigilant to their role, influence, and talents. If the leader opts out of this obligation, he or she cannot wield the most powerful tool available – the culture of the workplace.
A business is successful when all of its existing and potential leaders communicate the vision, which inspires the employees, who manage the resources, which build a viable business, which generates sustainable profits. Without all these necessary elements in place, the business will never live up to its full potential.
Since change is constant, every one of these elements will turn to chaos without constant attention. This creates the need for today’s leader to be the primary agent of positive change. The leader’s role is to engage his team and her employees to do the same. The need for leadership talent is necessary to leap frog your competition.