Your leadership depends on you. You can only be a great leader when you can lead yourself well first.—Richard Norris
We have a slogan: FIRST LEAD YOURSELF (FLY), THEN LEAD OTHERS.
What does this mean? Basically, as leaders we must understand what successful and effective leadership is comprised of. Next, we need to commit to developing ourselves so that we possess those traits, behaviors, and skill-sets.
We’ll break it down into 5 “C’s”:
This requires the absence of ambiguity in formulating where it is you’re going and your plan for getting there
Consistently and constantly sharing your vision, mission, and goals, and expectations
How could you be coached to be more effective?
Sticking to your vision regardless of external influences
It’s being accountable and taking ownership for ALL your actions and behaviors
Once you’ve firmly incorporated the 5 C’s in your skill-set and daily activities, you can help others do the same. Help them assess their strengths, desires, and needs, and help them create a development plan that not only supports the vision, mission, and goals of the organization, but also supports them in growing their career.
During the growth process we need to help others avoid beating themselves up when they encounter obstacles or failures. Rather, think in terms of what COULD be done to better oneself or improve the outcome. What have we learned and what changes COULD we make?
Are you ready to FLY? Are you equipped to help others lead themselves so they too can lead others?
Leading yourself well means that you hold yourself to a higher standard of accountability than others do.
—John C. Maxwell