It is indeed true that leadership is influence and what most leaders have to discover is how to build that influence and lead others with it. We may have, over the years, placed so much emphasis on the importance of influence in leadership but have not dealt extensively on the key issues that help people understand what the real influence is and how to keep growing the influence.
It is my greatest desire that basic rules of leadership will help you understand some very simple but profound issues that can take people either up or down the ladder of leadership. Some people find themselves in leadership positions and the next thing they are trying very hard to do is to figure out what leadership is really all about and a few others, by virtue of what they have done, have walked their ways up the ladder of leadership.
One basic rule in leadership that so many people are not following is to connect with the people they are following and they still want to lead them. If you don’t connect with people it is absolutely difficult to lead them and that’s the mistake leaders are making. They think people do not respect them or do not give them the attention they deserve but you should not go about asking attention from people when you have not connected with them.
In connecting with people, you have to focus on what the people are going through and what issues in their lives they are trying very hard to solve. You should show some concern and let the people know you are there for them. If people think you only want them for the things they can do for you then you may not get the best from them. You will easily get people to respond to you any time any day if they know you will solve 5 problems for them before asking them to solve one for you. Apart from being able to solve some physical problems for them you should be able to listen to them and let them feel that you are genuinely interested in what concerns them.
Stop looking at the strategies you can use to make people follow you or the things you can engage to force them to obey you. If you focus more on offering the people something, it will be hard for them not to follow when you need them to follow. In politics, any government that provides accommodation for the people, education for the children, reasonable tax for citizens and security for everyone will find it easier to get the cooperation of the citizens.
When you have to lead a small group of people you must personally connect with everyone and don’t let them feel left out. When you have to lead a large group you must put in place a system that connects to everyone so that the people can offer what you are going to need at the end of the day!
Stop focusing on your personal authority or what the books say you can control or cannot control. Just connect with the people and you’ll find its a lot easier to lead if you ever connect with people. If you are a leader, start out today by showing some great interest in what you peoples issues are. Ask questions and make sure you are really listening! When you connect, you will lead!
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