Leaders Must Adapt To Change – The world is changing quicker than ever. And this suggests two items for leadership. First, it indicates that leaders are required more than ever. Second, a developing world means that leaders require to stay flexible and willing to adapt to the change. Adapting means changing and adjusting things that used to work in the past and coming up with new solutions. Today we’ll take a look at John Maxwell’s book called leadership. To learn the new rules on how to become a better leader, so let’s dive in.
Number One Brings Out The Best In Others
Too many leaders focus on themselves. But a true leader is the one who brings out the best from others and helps them shine. The leader’s mindset should shift from me to we, to utilize the full team’s potential and achieve the goals quicker. In it to work, there must be trust cooperation and mutual understanding as well as clear communication. So as a good leader, you should be focused on helping others to shine in their light. And they’ll contribute more to the team’s success.
You can do this by making sure that you have the right attitude towards your people and your relationships with them. Center your relationships around their needs, listen to them before you expect them to listen to you. See what your people are good at and compliment them on it. If you set out a big picture and goals for your team, then make sure they are in it. And don’t just tell them your vision, make sure that they are in it, and they will all contribute more. All this focus on helping others shine doesn’t mean that you have to put yourself behind and forget about your goals. You must do it yourself harder than ever. Because, as a leader, you have to make some big decisions and support your team and people around.
You Number To Shift From Goal Mindset To Growth Mindset
We have all been told that we had to focus on our goals. And while it’s not a bad strategy and you can still achieve many great things the author suggests to shift to a growth mindset. A gold mindset emphasizes achievement and status, whereas a growth mindset values the development and stretching oneself. A goal mindset prioritizes hitting the target and asking how long will it take to get there. Whereas a growth mindset asks how far I can take this. The problem with being focused on the goal is that the goal is fixated. Whereas if you strive for growth and improvement, the potential is limitless. When Maxwell was young, he met Elmer Townes. a Liberty University professor and somebody he admired. Maxwell discovered that towns had sold 110,000 books.
And decided that selling that many books of his own would be his goal. But with the time, he shifted from focusing on how many books he sold on simply becoming a better writer, not worrying about sales that much. Years later, the publisher presented him with a crystal trophy engraved with the words, a million books sold. It directed out that by concentrating on growth. He achieved far more than he would have been if he set himself a goal. The key to developing a growth mindset is to have a teachable spirit. And he was not just saying that you want to learn. But taking actionable steps and achieving it.
Number Three Don’t Just Climb The Ladder Build Ladders For Others
Some leaders who are self-focused are trying to climb the ladder in their life. And they’re trying to climb it as high as possible. But true leaders are building ladders for others. and in doing so, they make an impact and help others to achieve their goals. Now it’s true that raising the ladder yourself successfully is a prerequisite if you want to help others to do the identical.
if you get to the top 10%, then you can safely assume that you have a lot to give to others. One of the best ways to build ladders for other people is mentoring. mentoring will enable you to share your knowledge with other people.
Number 4 Shift From Directing To Connecting
Telling people what to do might seem like the quickest option to move forward. But it also has less potential in the long term. If you keep telling people what to do and how then that will restrict them from growing and developing their solutions, they’ll become used to the situations where the answer is always handed to them. And that is not a good long-term strategy.
First of all, you always have to be there if something happens. And secondly, the person will not be able to develop themselves. So you have to connect with the person instead of directly telling them the solution that you came up with. One of the most powerful skills that leaders have to develop is listening. By listening to the individual, you can understand what they need and what they want to solve the challenges by themselves.
Number Five Diversity Is Beneficial
If you want to come up with great solutions, then you will need to diversify the team so that you can have a look at the problems from the different perspectives. The problem with similar people is that they don’t see things from other perspectives. Because they have a similar thought pattern, so everybody will eventually arrive at the same solution. As a leader, you have to build a team that is a mix of different people. And you also have to be open-minded and accept different proposals to the situation.
Leadership is influence, but where does it influence come from. Influence as it turns outcome from morale or authority. And it comes from two main sources. First is integrity, aligning your words with your actions. You have to be persistent with what you say and what you do. Over time your team and people around you will know that you will do what you say.
Second is courage, the ability to face challenges and make a decision. Everyone wants to be a leader and read the praise when things are going well. But when people face challenges, they tend to hide away or come up with some excuse. And that is not how you’ll gain any moral authority or influence. So when the tough times come, you have to make sure that you stick with your values. And you lead your team even if you’re not sure about the outcome.