In the world of business, we’re often finding ourselves asking ‘what does it take to become a better leader? Perhaps the answer to the question is an extension of the ‘actions speaks louder than words’ belief. In fact, recent research points to how we react to and handle adversity as one of the most reliable indicators of true leadership.
The Trials of Leadership
Coping with difficult situations, learning from them and using them to push off into a positive direction is an ability that many of the great leaders possess. Can a leader take hardship in the workplace such as a demanding boss, and use it as a learning moment for them and everyone around them? Not all the trials of leadership are traumatic. In fact, they can involve positive and challenging experiences.
How can you learn from and cope with change and challenges to your day-to-day routine? Perhaps the biggest trial of leadership is how we respond and react to negative situations. The great leaders of the world use those situations to learn, grow and more importantly, teach.
The Essentials of Leadership
There’s no clear cut list of boxes you need to check before you can become a great leader. But by studying and learning from some of the world’s best leaders, we can get a better idea of some of the essentials.
- Engage in Shared Meaning
Can you get everyone around you to rally behind you? Can you turn difficult situations into learning experiences? The greatest leaders are able to get those around them to buy into what they are working towards.
- A Respected Voice
Does your voice hold weight with the people it needs to? At the end of the day, you’re only as powerful as your word. When you talk, do the people around you listen? Leaders are often able to defuse situations using only their words.
A strong set of values and beliefs can go a long way. More importantly, sticking to your values makes you trustworthy and more respected. As you stick to your values, those around you will adhere to them as well.
One of the biggest reasons professionals fail and fall behind is an inability or even an unwillingness to adapt. In order to transcend adversity and emerge stronger than before, is to adapt to the elements surrounding you.
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved.