People follow you because they have to or because you punish them if they don't. However, your employees may follow you for several reasons that may be more positive:
- because of your position or the incentives you provide
- because of the relationships and rapport you develop with others
- because of the results you've produced for the organization
- because of the way you've developed people and done things to make them better
- because they respect you and what you represent
Leadership is truly evident in the personality and behaviors of someone who takes charge. These ten steps can be a model for yourself and for others in your organization.
- Make health and fitness your top priority. Be sure to include daily exercise activities, proper eating habits, and proper sleep routines.
- Craft a life plan that includes personal, professional, and financial goals along with retirement and social service plans.
- Invest in relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and the communities you belong to.
- Be a leader with a clear philosophy. Have consistent reviews of your sets of values and core competencies. Seek out ways to innovate and create and synergize. Be able to use soft skills and presentation/communication skills to communicate your personal story in a way that inspires and enervates others.
- Have a strategic plan/working knowledge of your vision (an easily imagined objective for the future) and a mission (an immediate goal that must be met each day). Se yearly targets.
- Possess a career plan and a passion for the business. Positively reflect on adversity and comfortably discuss skill sets.
- Network through LinkedIn, alumni associations, and professional groups. Have a set criteria for building and expanding your contacts and connections.
- Be a life long learner.
- Engage in hobbies, social activities, and spontaneity.
- Pause and reflect on a a regular basis. Express gratitude. Plan daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.