Part of the Leadership For Dummies Cheat Sheet
All great leaders have certain characteristics in common. Being a great leader has nothing to do with how you look or how you speak; leadership involves preparation and accepting responsibility, even when you don't want to. These skills are necessary to be a leader and motivate people to follow:
Embracing responsibility is an attitude:
Drop the word no from your vocabulary.
Learn to volunteer.
Take an interest in people around you and learn to like people.
Promise little — deliver a lot.
Your goal is to have your followers trust you:
Find out what people want — and why they want it.
Figure out ways of trading what you have — the power of a leader — for what you need — the cooperation of your group.
Smile at people and look them in the eye. It’s the start of trust, and trust is the beginning of cooperation.
Share information with your team and keep them informed.
Leading starts with developing a vision:
Visions are more than ideas. They are doable dreams.
Visions link the present to the future.
Use visions to inspire your followers to achieve more than they thought possible.
Make your visions positive. Everyone wants to make the world a better place.
Planning is necessary if your team is to attain its goals. Keep these things in mind:
Plan for every contingency — and remember that you can’t plan for every contingency.
Leave a lot of wiggle room in your plans. When things go wrong, you can adjust.
Make certain you have adequate resources. If you get into the lifeboat without food and water, be sure there’s someone on board who has the skill to get both.
Plan for change. Be happy when it arrives.
Strive to take in as much information as you can:
Pay attention to the nuances of what people say and how they say it.
Pay attention to the needs of your group.
Focus and concentrate — listen to only one person at a time.
Learn to develop your own inner voice — and then learn to listen to it.
Pay attention to the world around you. Seeing is a form of listening, and visual impressions are often the most powerful.
Learn to hear the voices of the downtrodden. Their needs can become your cause.