What makes a leader?
An important part of personal development and growth can be to help find the inner leader within.
I remember years ago at school I took part in the army cadets at school and constantly experienced getting shouted at. This was one of my earliest experiences about leadership and as a result I thought that leaders basically were people that shouted a lot and told people what to do!
However, in reality I later discovered that that was not necessarily a good example of good leadership, in fact for most of our experience that is an example of poor leadership. I have know some ‘leaders’ who try to get their own way by shouting and bullying, but they rarely last long and don’t produce happy staff.
Many of us seem to have that concept of leaders as being aggressive and shouting, but would you consider that good leadership?
Think back over your past for good examples of great leaders. Who are some of the greatest leaders you can think of? Did they have to shout to get their way?
Two examples of recent great leaders I can think of are President Obama and Clinton. Did they ever have to resort to shouting and bullying?
Of course not!
Because a true leader helps to inspire people to want to take action themselves rather than force them to. This is what both Obama and Clinton have been able to do so successfully.
Some people seem to have been giving Obama a hard time recently, but few people could really doubt his ability to inspire. Being in a position of power in the current economic climate is one of the toughest deals anyone could be served.
If things are going well in the world, people love the leader. If things aren’t going well, people tend to blame the leader, even though they may have little to do with it! However the mark of a true leader is someone who holds on to his principles and ideals no matter what other people might do to dissuade them.
Being popular is not the priority for the leader, but wanting the best for the people who follow the leader is crucial.
Obama is a good example of this – he holds on to his ideals which he believes are for the best of the nation, even though initially the ideas might not be popular. In fact, many of the greatest leaders had ideas which were initially scorned, however later on became accepted as something that couldn’t be done without.
So developing yourself as a leader is a crucial part of your own personal development and it isn’t about shouting and screaming.
For myself, learning NLP helped me to awaken my inner leader, as has my work as a hypnotherapist in London. We have an NLP Practitioner training starting on June 13 in London and after that in October. This is a great way to awaken your ‘inner leader’. More on leadership in the next NLP blog…