A new view on Leadership

Leaders exist in all walks of life.  More importantly, everyone has the potential of acting in a leadership position.  We can all be more successful by establishing a positive attitude and also by having an attitude of gratitude. Leadership includes vitality, charm, being flexible and also having a good sense of humor. It also includes a knowingness that things will work out.  By choosing or intending to operate from the position of being positive is the first thing we can do to improve whatever situation we are encountering or approaching.

Even as children we were groomed to be leaders.  We may not fully realize that we have learned tremendous amounts of leadership skills on the play field, perhaps in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, and most certainly in classrooms throughout the country.  As children, we may have earned very high grade levels or participated in extra curriculum activities, that without our realizing, has helped us to develop incredible leadership abilities. Our working and also participating in activities such as music, arts, and sports has also provided us with amazing leadership abilities.  These activities taught us how to work with others.  We learned valuable time management skills, and also gained visual or other creative outlets.  Our participation in these activities may have also included our working within a teamed environment or perhaps working independently.  And as we progressed through school and achieved higher levels of academic success our participation also resulted in our confidence levels increasing.

Confidence is an extraordinary gift that allows us to assess a situation and make appropriate decisions.  In being confident allows us also to take on more responsibilities and also be able to delegate tasks to others.  Our confidence also allows us to accept credit for doing a good job and furthermore allows us to be able to extend credit to others for their good work and participation.  It may also include communicating effectively.  Dependability allows us to follow through with projects in a timely manner and also helps keep the project moving in a constructive and forward manner.  Good judgment is a by-product of being positive as it provides us with an ability to make rational decisions – especially in times of stress.  Creativity includes utilizing a visual or inner knowing that may also be expressive in an original way of thinking — similar to the way musicians and artists use to create songs or other works of art.

When we are calm and use or rely on our own inner gifts and talents, we are capable of making wiser decisions.  When we are happy to be included in a project and also enjoy the work that we are doing, we are certainly much more inclined to be flexible, responsible, and determined to participate and accomplish the tasks that we are overseeing or are responsible to complete.  Leadership is about making worthwhile contributions and also learning from past mistakes.  Learning when to listen or perhaps assessing when it is necessary to assert ourselves.  Our being an advocate for the project and perhaps for the staff assigned to working with us also helps us to be a part of creating something worthwhile.

Each time we interact with ourselves or others in a positive manner helps to ensure the success of our projects.  Each time we clarify details and expectations related to our projects also helps the projects to be even more successful.  These simple recommendations are mostly common sense.  Leadership is about moving forward within one project, and then on to another, and another.  Leadership is also about continuing to develop skills that will keep us aligned in the direction of our business, completing our projects, and accomplishing our short and long termed goals.  However, if we are spinning, we are not acting in a manner that is conducive to positive team building or completion of our current projects or tasks.  Achieving positive results, in a timely manner, is always necessary and included on some level within any goal.  And if by chance, we or members of our teams are not achieving positive results in a timely manner, we need to determine what is out of alignment and quickly make constructive changes.  Sometimes what may be out of alignment are our expectations.  We may expect ourselves or others to perform in a manner that is unrealistic.  We may be short-handed, limited in resources or perhaps unmotivated.  We may also be relying on others who are also challenged in similar ways.  Continuing to work in these manners realistically prevents us from achieving our goals.

So how do we keep ourselves and others motivated to continue moving forward?  As effective leaders, we have to come from a position of acceptance and love.  It is helpful to be in gratitude.  It is also helpful for us to keep track of gains of progress in order to remind ourselves and our team members of how much that we have accomplished.  Keeping success logs or files that includes positive quotes or articles is also helpful and encouraging.  All of our skills come into play when we are engaging in leadership activities.  A good sense of humor helps keep the atmosphere and our role aligned with being in the state of enjoyment.  Remaining optimistic and present helps to motivate and incent ourselves and others that we can achieve our goals.  The most important leadership skill that we possess is holding in mind what we would like to achieve. Stay focused and be certain to get feedback so you know that you are on target.

Be certain to always have a positive intention for each level of your project.  Comments like, “Everything will work out Ok!” Or “It’s all good!” Or perhaps something like, “Our team members are highly qualified and always do a wonderful job!” These types of intentions always help us to achieve even better results. By focusing on being positive and seeing our projects as completed exactly the way we would like, is helping us to move forward in an effortless manner. This mindset helps us to be even more effective leaders.

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