Make a note to yourself that you are not pulled to high levels of success. You are lifted there by those working beside and below you.
Achieving high-level success requires the support and the cooperation of others. Gaining this support and cooperation of others requires leadership ability.
Success and the ability to lead others that is, getting them to do things they wouldn’t do if they were not lead goes hand and hand.
At this point we want to master 4 special leadership rules or principles that can cause others to do things for us in the executive suite, in business, in social clubs, in the home, anywhere we find people.
Leadership Rule Number 1:
TRADE MINDS WITH OTHER PEOPLE YOU WANT TO INFLUENCE
Trading minds with the people you want to influence is a magic way to get others–friends, associates, customers, employes to act the way you want them to act.
Consider the other person’s situation. Put yourself in their shoes, so to speak. You have to understand that their interests, income, intelligence and background may differ considerably from yours.
Leadership Rule Number 2:
THINK: WHAT IS THE HUMAN WAY TO HANDLE THIS?
People use different approaches to leadership situations. One approach is to assume the position of a dictator. The dictators makes all the decisions without consulting those affected. He refuses to hear his subordinates side of a question because deep down perhaps, he’s afraid the subordinate might be right and this would cause him to lose face.
DICTATORS DON’T LAST LONG!!
A second leadership technique is the cold, mechanical, I’m a rule book operator approach. Using this approach handles everything exactly according to the book. He doesn’t realize that every rule or policy or plan is only a guide for the usual cases. This would-be leader treats human beings as machines. And of all things people dislike is being treated like a machine.
Persons who rise to tremendous leadership heights use a third approach that we call
Leadership Rule Number 3:
THINK PROGRESS, BELIEVE IN PROGRESS, PUSH FOR PROGRESS
One of the most complimentary things anyone can say about you is “He stands for progress. He’s the man for the job.”
Promotions in all fields go to individuals who believe in and push for progress. Leaders, real leaders are in short supply. Status-quo-ers, (the everything’s all right, let’s not upset the apple cart folks) far out number the progressives (the there’s lots of room for improvement, let’s get to work and do it better people.)
Join the leadership elite. Develop a forward look.
Remember this: when you take over the leadership of a group, the persons in that group immediately begin to adjust themselves to the standards you set. This is most noticeable during the first few weeks. Their big concern is to clue you in, zero you in, find out what you expect of them. They watch every move you make. They think, how much rope will he give me? How does he want it done? What does it take to please him? What will he say if I do this or that? Once they know, they act accordingly.
Over a period of time, subordinates tend to become carbon copies of their chief. The simplest way to get high-level performance is to be sure the master copy is worth duplicating.
Leadership Rule Number 4:
TAKE TIME OUT TO CONFER WITH YOURSELF AND TAP YOUR SUPREME THINKING POWER
We usually picture leaders as exceptionally busy people. And they are. Leadership requires being in the thick of things. But while it’s usually overlooked, it’s note-worthy that leaders spend considerable time alone, alone with nothing but their own thinking apparatus. Check the lives of the great religious leaders, and you’ll find each of them spent considerable time alone. Political leaders to, those who made lasting names in history for good or bad, gained insight through solitude.
The point is this, the successful person in any field takes time out to confer with himself or herself. Leaders use solitude to put the pieces of a problem together, to work out solutions, to plan and in one phrase, to do their super-thinking.
Many people fail to tap their creative leadership power because they confer with everybody and everything else but themselves. You know this kind of person well. He’s the one who goes to great lengths not to be alone. He goes to extremes to surround himself with people. He can’t stand being alone in his office, so he goes prowling to see other people. Seldom does he spend evenings alone. He feels a compelling need to talk with others every waking moment. He devours a huge diet of small talk and gossip.
When this person is forced by circumstances to be physically alone, he finds ways to keep from being mentally alone. At times like these he resorts to television, newspapers, radio or telephone, anything like that will take over his thinking process for him. This person is afraid to occupy it with their own thoughts. They keep their mind blacked out. This type of person is psychologically scared of his own thoughts. And as time goes by, Mr. I can’t stand to be alone grows increasingly shallow. He makes many ill-considered moves.
He fails to develop firmness of purpose, personal stability. He is unfortunately, lost of the superpower lying unused just behind his forehead.
Don’t be a Mr. I can’t stand to be alone. Successful leaders tap their superpower through being alone. You can to.
TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE LEADER, PUT THESE FOUR LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES TO WORK