Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Key Leadership Qualities - Countability

This is one those "made-up" words, coined by John Maxwell. It captures the idea of people being able to count on each other no matter what. This lesson is about what it means to be a team leader and what it means to lead with character and integrity. So, how can we be a leader who has a reputation of "countability?"

Lead Yourself First
Thomas J. Watson (former chairman of IBM), said “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others, as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” If you're going to lead, you must stay out in front. This means living a disciplined life, staying abreast of best practices and constntly looking for ways to improve. If you are growing, your team members know they can rely on you to lead the way.

Demonstrate Character
This quote by J. C. Watts is particularly true today. "Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught." It is the leader's responsibility not just to set a standard, but to model it. In fact, a leader should hold him or herself to a higher standard than others do. When we keep the bar high for ourselves, it helps others to be willing to do the same.

Know Your Team
This is about relationship. One thing we can know about people is that they want their leaders to hear them and to know who they are. If you truly care about your people they will follow you where they wouldn't follow someone else. Ask them the right questions and listen to their responses. What do you know about their families? What are they passionate about? What are their hopes and dreams? A wise leader recognizes that people are not means to an end, but are valuable in and of themselves. When you value people achieve their goals, they will believe in you and help you to achieve yours.

Model Servanthood
True leadership leads for others. Servant leaders recognize that the greatest way to build loyalty is to truly care. This is the type of leadership that was modelled by Jesus, who demonstrated His commitment to His followers by laying down His life. This is the same kind of leadership the Bible encourages men to model in their homes. This sacrificial model builds security in followers. When team members are convinced that the leader would "take a bullet" for them, they will show the same commitment to you and the team.

“Leadership is the ability to inspire others to follow you. A leader never pushes or pulls. A leader moves, and those around him fall in behind and go with him wherever he takes them because they trust him.” — Brian Cameron

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