Recipe for Great Leadership

Posted on March 17, 2014 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)


When it comes to leadership quotes, one site I recommend is Henrik Edberg’s 25 Great Quotes on Leadership. Thank you, Henrik for the leadership quotes you compiled on your site.

To quote Henrik, “One of the more fascinating topics of life is the leaders of history and how they shaped the world.” Imagine being any of our presidents of the United States, Vince Lombardi, Aristotle, Mahatma Ghandi, or Helen Keller, just to name a few.

What comes to mind when you think about leadership in the workplace? What qualities must a true leader possess? Is it someone who is handsome, charming and charismatic? Is it someone who makes persuasive speeches? Or is it someone who leads by example? If the people follow and do what is asked of them with a happy, healthy attitude, then there is good leadership. Do your people have a healthy attitude? What is that secret recipe for great leadership?

How can you help to shape your organization, your world? In my own view, having worked for several organizations in my working career, I find the following to be true of great leadership. Therefore, I offer a “leadership recipe” I find worthy to try out. Here are the ingredients in any measure:

Respect – As a leader, when you give respect, you receive it back tenfold. Trust – Trust your employees to do the smaller tasks without micromanaging. When you tell an employee, “I trust you will do your best on this project,” you empower that employee and chances are he or she will do even better than expected.

Develop – Bringing out the best of your employees is the essence of maximizing engagement. Training employees to become better, smarter, and more reliable on the job gives them the drive and motivation to work to their potential and promote themselves. When you show an interest in employees for their unique skills and talents, they will show more of an interest in the company because they will feel more a part of it.

Open Door Policy – Have an open door policy that is real, whether it’s conducting monthly Town Hall meetings, or regularly scheduled, one-on-one meetings to touch base and allow employees to ask questions or air grievances.

Show Human Interest – It’s okay to show interest in an employee’s home life without getting too personal. Employees like to know they are cared about as human beings by managers. If you cannot award an employee with monetary incentive, at least you can work with them by flexing work hours to meet family needs, or allowing them to work from home if possible.

Genuine Praise – I have often heard it said from co-workers that they would just like a pat on the back once in a while. It costs nothing to praise your employees for jobs well done, or even compliment them for wearing an attractive outfit, sporting a new hairstyle, running a marathon, or winning a baseball game. Whatever the compliment, trust me, it goes a long way.

Be Dependable  – Leaders should be someone you can rely on at any time, at any given moment. They must know how to make decisions with keen foresight as well as off the cuff without upsetting the integrity of the company.

In my estimation, the recipe above makes for great leadership. It’s perhaps a simple one to make and most of the ingredients you already have on hand. But if want to be thorough and really spice it up, go to the great leaders of the past and study what they know to be tried and true.

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already. – John Buchan

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt

To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves! – Lao-Tsu

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Harold R. McAlindon

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants. – Isaac Newton

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. – Everett Dirksen

Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. – Eric Hoffer

The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? – Benjamin Disraeli

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. – Walter Lippman

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert B. Swope

High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. – George Orwell

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. – Kenneth Blanchard

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. – Theodore M. Hesburgh

I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity. – Scott Berkun

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. – Peter Drucker

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates

It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy. – Seneca

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead


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