To Be an Effective Leader: “Lead Me”

To Be an Effective Leader- -Lead Me-

“Lead Me.” 

That’s what I heard on my drive to work as I contemplated what small thing I could do that day that would have a big impact on my ability to lead others.

“Lead me.”  I wondered, at first, would that be “enough.” to effectively lead others that day?

But, then I paused and considered some of my core values. What I believe…no, what I know to be true is that if I am living by my core values, then I am truly leading myself.

The question is this: Would that also be leading others? 

Let’s consider some of my core values.

  1. Confidence with humility – If I exhibited confidence in the knowledge that I had, while showing humility and a growth mindset with what I didn’t know, would I be leading that day?  Of course I would.
  2. Stewardship – If I kept a focus that day on serving others, contemplating how I could add value to their life, would that be leading others?  Yes, it would.
  3. Authenticity – If I focused on being my true self, capitalizing on my unique strengths and knowing that who I was and what I could provide was not only “enough,” but also “effective” in my role, would that be leading others?  That is also true.
  4. Courage – If during those times of the day when a tough decision had to be made or I had to navigate a difficult conversation or I had to have the courage to do any of my other core values, would that be leading others? It would, because a leader has to exhibit courage, even if standing alone.

After considering just these core values, it was evident to me that what I was hearing (“Lead Me”), was indeed my path to being a great leader.

If found this interesting and powerful. So much of what I listen to and read on leadership is focused on systems thinking, on navigating the personality of others, on the change process, etc.  All that is important as well. But, if we’re not leading ourselves during those small moments of the day, we’re not leading.

What are your core values?  Let them be your guide.  Because whether you’re a leader by title or not, you are a leader in some capacity (a father, a mother, a friend, a neighbor…all our roles have a component of leadership). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Annie Palmer

Wife. Mother. Learner. Coach. Becoming better today than I was yesterday and better tomorrow than I am today!

Posted on August 23, 2015, in awakening the sleeping giant, Continued Growth, Goals, leadership, Life Purpose, Post LifePlan, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing this post. A key component in a leader whom I myself would follow is one who is consistent and predictable. If they are always focused on being honest and transparent, they will act consistently. I appreciate your focus on being true to your values. That’s another way to maintain a centered, consistent leadership style while always working to be a better leader than the previous day.

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    • Katie,

      I love what you said–that you would follow a leader who is consistent and predictable. That’s so true…and we can’t be those two things if we’re not our authentic self, living our core values. I’ve witnessed this in people who had great potential as a leader, but didn’t lead/live by their values. Or, their “followers” were not sure what their core values were. It’s so crucial to keep that in focus. Thanks for taking a look at the post!

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  2. My most recent post talked a little about this; we must never compromise our core values to please others because we get lost in the process. Authenticity is also a mark of courage.

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