Successful Leadership: Be yourself . . . not full of yourself!

Leadership today is more about you as a person than the degrees, positions and accolades that you attain and are awarded over time. Image and outward appearances still have a role in your overall performance but your ability to successfully motivate others, influence organizational direction, and communicate vision is dependant upon how genuine you are with others and your ability to engender trust.

As a founder, owner or senior leader it is easy to slip into the mode of assuming your position alone is enough to achieve your objectives. And, as a result of managing the “tyranny of the urgent” you become isolated and distant from your immediate reports and the rest of the company.

Therefore you may be:

  • Working hard but may not be in touch with others.
  • Too preoccupied by too many tasks to be able to listen to what is going on around you.
  • Too removed and too busy to develop and maintain relationships.
  • Limiting your time for people and are not viewed as accessible to others.

One could say that an executive with this profile is too full of themselves – feeling too important, operating on the assumption that only they can solve the problem, and their time is too important to be invested in others.
Does this profile cause you to be regarded as genuine and someone that employees are willing to believe can be trusted?

While you can argue with the reality of this conclusion it is the perception that is significant and it must be dealt with.

Busy owners and senior executives that are viewed as genuine and trusted make it a priority to observe several key behavior attributes.

  • They take time to engage with others in their working group.
  • They offload work to qualified subordinates.
  • They protect time and reserve it to be accessible to others.
  • They make it a priority to listen to others and solicit their ideas and constructive critique.
  • They make an effort to take an interest in other people’s lives and interests.

Develop the ability to be self-deprecating in helping employees identify with them.
This is being yourself and not the person you feel your position requires you to be. Flawed, personable, honest, and realistic to name a few of the attributes that will build your reputation as a genuine person who can be trusted.

Be yourself and not full of yourself.

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