Five Ways to Be an Unforgettable Leader
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Can you think of a leader in your life that made a lasting
impression? Was it a teacher from when you were in school? Was it someone you
admired and read about? Was it a leader you worked for?
It is likely that you have had at one person in your life
that stood out as a leader that you admired and wanted to emulate. Each of us
has had an interaction with someone that forever shifted how we saw things and
ultimately it shifted our behavior. I often tell the story of my boss Ron when I
was in banking and in my early 20ís. Ron was a brave leader, he told the truth
and he cared deeply about his people. The impact Ron made on me was life
changing. Often the leaders themselves donít even know the impact they had on
others unless we take the time to let them know.
Ron gave me tough feedback when I was in my early twenties
and told me that if I didnít shift my behavior from being highly aggressive ( I
am and have been for years now a recovering aggressive) to being more
approachable and collaborative that I was going to stop my career. It was tough
to hear but boy it was a good kick in the seat of the pants.
Over twenty years later and I have never forgotten Ron AND I
tell the story hundreds of times a year. So what makes an unforgettable leader?
I have found that there are 5 things a memorable leader does
and they are:
Unforgettable leaders care deeply about their role, they take it seriously. They
care about people and specifically the people they lead. I am talking about
caring on a very personal level- care about you as a person your goals and
ambitions and they want to help you get there. They care about your family life
and your happiness. They care about your impact on the team and they care deeply
about helping you succeed.
Memorable leaders have the courage to tell the truth. They do not sugar coat it
but they do know how to adapt the truth to the individual and deliver it in a
way that can be heard. The reason they tell the truth is because they care about
helping you to be the best. They know that telling the truth to you has far more
impact then letting you believe that things are okay as they are.
A solid self esteem is the bedrock of an unforgettable leader. They are not
afraid that you are going to take their job away; they in fact want you to
succeed because they know that if you succeed they are succeeding. The secure
leader also knows that although they are in a leadership position they do not
have all of the answers and they are okay with that. They are secure in knowing
what they know, learning more and tapping into the talented resource of their
The most revered and loved leaders are those who are willing to both show and
admit their imperfections. It is easy to trust someone who we know is not just
trying to look good or to fit into the corporate profile. When a leader shows
their vulnerability we find ourselves relating to them as a real person an
authentic person and we want to support them and work hard for them.
Joy is unforgettable and memorable. When a leader cares, tells the truth, is
secure and authentic they can truly operate from a place of joy. Even in times
of stress and high volume demands their foundation is so solid that they remain
joy like even in the most challenging environments and situations. We remember
the leaders who show up strong, supportive and collaborative in both the good
times and the difficult times.
As a leader it is easy to become complacent and even
apathetic. We may feel that no matter what we do it is not making the impact we
hoped for. The truth is we are constantly making an impact we just may not know
to what extent. It is one thing to have the title of leader and to be a leader
it is quite remarkable to be an unforgettable leader.
Which of these 5 things do you need to work on?
About the Author
Cheryl Cran, CSP President of Synthesis at Work Inc. works with organizations
in significantly increasing productivity and profitability through communication
strategies that improve employee performance, leverage team synergy and build
extraordinary leaders. Many of Synthesis at Work's clients are award winning
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-10-24 01:45:24 in Personal Articles