Knocked down

By Steve Kimble Steve Kimble via linkedin.com  Article

Staying on your feet: Six key principles of leadership

“A leader I admire, General Stanley A. McChrystal, once said, ‘Leadership is very hard. You can get knocked down, and it can hurt. It can leave scars. But if you’re a leader, people who count on you will help you to your feet. And if you’re a leader, the people who count on you will need you on your feet.’ …

… be a leader that people count on even when challenges arise, a leader who helps others to succeed, and a leader that others want to help succeed. …

When I think about what it means to be a great leader, there are six key principles of leadership that are essential to success.

  1. Be curious – Always be curious and never stop learning. …
  2. Stay positive – Optimism and confidence are force multipliers. I have found that staying calm and maintaining a positive mentality—even in the face of adversity— will spread to others. I have found that staying calm and maintaining a positive mentality—even in the face of adversity— will spread to others. …
  3. Embrace vulnerability – Seeking advice and being honest and open about shortcomings are signs of strength. Reflect on your performance, embrace vulnerability, and ask for and own feedback from others. …
  4. Invest in your team – Make time for coaching and mentoring and help them to prioritize their own well-being. Never forget, your people are your greatest asset. …
  5. Respect diversity – Build a team that brings unique perspectives and insights to every situation. Diverse viewpoints can help identify solutions to complex business issues and surface ideas that you might miss if everyone brings the same viewpoint to the table. …
  6. Commit to transparency – Create opportunities to involve your team, convey expectations and goals, and listen to the suggestions and feedback of others. Establish open communication channels and ensure everyone has the information they need to do their jobs effectively. …

Most importantly, remember that anyone—at any stage of your career—can demonstrate leadership and make a positive impact on those around you. Embrace opportunities to step up and take the lead, and never be too scared to get back on your feet, even if you get knocked down.”

 

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