One of the most central elements of leadership is commitment. Need proof? Just imagine a scenario in which a leader you admire had no commitment, and the truth of this statement becomes blatant. Where would the world be for example if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had given up fighting for civil rights after his first arrest? Where would the world be if Bill Gates had let the failure of his first business deter him from ever risking entrepreneurship again? Where would the world be if Oprah Winfrey had let the years of abuse she suffered as a child stop her from growing into the success story she is today?
Be In It to Win It
Leadership isn’t just a title or an accolade. Leadership is a process of persistence. It’s a responsibility that is intertwined both with the will to take charge, and also with the will to survive and beat the odds. Every person in a position of leadership should be prepared to stand firm and endure their duties. However difficult the setting, and however demanding the expectations, leadership can only ever be effective if it is practiced with sincere commitment to abide by those being led. Here are three practical ways that any person can improve their commitment as a leader:
Knowledge is power, and the more power a leader has, the greater their capacity to influence and adapt to the unknown. Leaders who take the time to research and learn become poised to make meaningful decisions in their day-to-day tasks. As a leader, it is beneficial to learn as much as possible about:
· Your responsibilities.
· The people you lead.
· The environment in which you function.
The more analytical a leader is, the more they stand to take notice of conditions that require attention. This is why listening is a crucial skill to strong leadership. Listening to the people around you strengthens the interpersonal relationships that are necessary for productive cooperation. When followers know that their leaders are attentive, it fosters a sense of loyalty that reinforces said leaders’ authority.
· Make time to interact with followers in order to listen to their views.
· Don’t just receive information, but evaluate, comprehend and internalize it.
· When you’ve heard what someone has to say, respond and act on it.
Commitment is about walking the walk. It’s about demonstrating follow-through as a leader to every single person you are accountable to. This is why a strong leader should be willing to get engaged in the work they do and the relationships they build. They should be willing to lead by example and prove that their principles are authentic.
· Don’t ask others to do anything you wouldn’t be willing to personally do yourself as a leader.
· If you expect those who answer to you to accept change, be the first to adopt it.
· Carry yourself in a dignified manner whether or not you are on duty.
Leadership is a vital role because people count on leaders to be a compass. We trust leaders to show the way, especially in difficult situations. Without commitment in a leader, not only would this trust be broken, it would plunge a team into internal conflict and chaos. If you care about the people you serve as a leader, never hesitate to dig deep and find the resolve necessary to stay committed to your cause. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training! can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.