What does it take to be a true leader?
To start with you must be willing to embrace your strengths. Let's take a look at the ten traits you need to become a power player.
1. Leaders keep the end in sight.
They're aware of their company or business goals and they are self-aware. They let this vision guide their critical decisions.
2. They collaborate.
They work with others to share resources and to fill the gaps in their own strengths.
3. They're prepared to serve.
It takes personal security to be able to stand in a place of conflict, where people differ and still listen respectfully, question yourself and make decisions for the greater good of the business.
4. Leaders chart their own course.
They're not afraid of the space between their dreams and reality. They believe in the power of their dreams and they take the necessary action to take a leap of faith.
5. They reinvent themselves.
Leaders are demanding of themselves. They're willing to invest in training and coaching and have the courage and determination to create a new reality for their business.
6. Leaders help others achieve.
They are inspired to share, mentor and uplift others by offering knowledge and resources that could springboard their success.
7. They take the initiative.
Leaders are self-starters who use their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, self-management, social skills and motivation to bring a project to fruition.
8. Leaders love to learn.
Good leaders read everything, network with people at the level to which they aspire and go back to school for additional training.
9. They fight for a good cause.
Leaders find ways to use the resources and skills they have acquired to give back. They look for opportunities to do pro-bono work.
10. Leaders are change agents.
They expose their people to opportunities to refine their skills, recommend books, meetings and training sessions. They urge people to think about who they are, what's next and who they are developing.
I believe power is about sharing leadership, working with mentors and coaches and cultivating others to get things done with a real sense of excellence.