Leadership starts with you
Director at Succeed in life
Where does leadership start?
Leadership starts with you! I see leadership as something I do personally, with my family, with friends and in the workplace. I think about leadership in two ways. Personally, and workplace 1. Me as an individual – Setting up my own business, no staff responsibility but with a strong sense of purpose, wanting to influence others and create a community of people that share the same vision. 2. In the workplace -When I was a Managing Director running a large business with a value of £40m and over 500 employees I had a position and responsibilities but most importantly I had work colleagues, customers and communities that needed me and my teams to care and make a difference. In both examples, the first question for me is “what is your purpose and what are the values you will live by”. Your purpose must resonate with others and be communicated in a way that has meaning and understanding.
Different types of leadership
To define my purpose and vision I had to go deep inside to find what really matters to me. If I were at the end of my life and looked back would I be proud of my achievements and what would be my legacy? When I was in the corporate world, I wanted to make sure that my colleagues, customers, and communities were well served and treated with respect, so it will be no surprise that in my new venture my purpose is helping managers and leaders achieve their full potential, find their voice, and adopt a leadership style that will serve their people through coaching, mentoring and training. Some of our greatest leaders had a strong belief about what mattered to them and they lived this every day. Just one example. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and when offered freedom in 1985 he refused, saying “I cannot and will not give any undertaking, at a time when I and you, the people are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated”. He was compassionate, a learner, ethical and a servant leader. The type of leader you are will depend on many different things. I want to focus on leaders who support their colleagues, want everyone to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. This type of leadership is known as servant leadership where the leader understands the value of serving others and then leads by choice. This style of leadership was coined by Robert K Greenleaf in the 70s and you will hear Simon Sinek talk about leaders who have no position but lead by example and therefore others follow. Leadership is about acting with others not alone; leadership is a team sport not an individual one. Good leaders let go of the self-serving ego, they do not see themselves as being in charge but are more concerned about taking care of those in their charge. Our emerging Leaders of today need better access to training and development so they can be our great leaders of tomorrow. To be a great leader must come from the inside. So, if you want to be a great leader then you need to listen, show empathy, commit to the growth of your people, build great teams, and focus on serving others. You will need to walk the walk every day so people can see who you really are. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than their share of the blame and a little less than their share of the credit” John Maxwell.
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I previously had over 25 years’ experience as a Director /Managing Director in public services and setting up a Large Company. My passion is in helping organisations improve their people management skills and understanding their purpose.