The 5 Leadership Secrets of Successful Leaders
What are the leadership secrets that guarantee success? What are many young leaders missing about leadership? When it comes to great leadership, the first principle is “leader, know thyself.” In other words, know who you are at your core. Successful leaders know their strengths — personal drives, desires, hopes, abilities, flaws, and most important – their character.
But recently, many leadership has now been more about position and power than it is to empowerment. Successful leaders fulfill their visions through passion, not position and certainly not from power. These two are misleading.
How well do your leadership style translate empowerment into employees that are loyal and driven by your vision (or mission)? The old distinctions between leaders and followers are gone. Great followers follow by leading. You as the leader have to make it happen if you want your followers to key-in to your vision. The power tussle kind of leadership is obsolete. Now is the time for principled centered leadership.
Here are the leadership secrets you should know and act on:
Passion is not something you can fake. People can see it from a distance and know if you have it or not. Jimmy Haslam, the CEO of Pilot Flying J, speaking to John Brandon on inc.com said, “Every day we try to show people our passion for the business. We care deeply about the people who work for our companies as well as the entire communities in which our companies are based.” Without passion for what you do, success is far from achieving.
According to a study published in the journal “Social Psychological and Personality Science”. Researchers discovered that leaders need to focus on the perspectives of others, because, they tend to handle difficult situations more successfully, and with greater respect and fairness.
How do you build trust? “Trust is not a grand gesture. It is a collection of small moments.” You have to connect with people, colleagues, employees and individuals. Doing this, enables you to builds trust. You should at one point or the other, ask for help when you need it. Asking for help is one of the most trust-building behaviours of successful leaders.
Successful leaders know the power of goals. Goals define the path to great accomplishment. Tony Robbins said “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” If you want to move closer to your vision and dreams you need to set and take time to focus on your goals.
A Forbes article provides a balanced perspective on the place of humility in leadership. “A humble leader is secure enough to recognize his or her weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of others. By being receptive to outside ideas and assistance, creative leaders open up new avenues for the organization and for their employees.”
Learning to develop a humble attitude makes us more human. Otherwise, we will walk around pretending we’re infallible. This attitude will only distance us from others and ourselves. Gandhi, one of the greatest leaders in all of history, states: “I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.” Humility means being honest.
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu