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Info Exchange – 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader 3 of 3

Welcome to the Loyalty Factor Information Exchange, a bi-weekly service providing summaries of major publications and books on various management and customer relationship topics. 

 
Loyalty Factor has been instrumental in helping companies:

  • Increase Customer Satisfaction by 20 – 33%
  • Increase Revenues by 50% in 18 months
  • Increase Manufacturing Production by 200% in 18 months

Our information exchange this week highlights the book “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader,” by John C. Maxwell. This is part three of a three part series.  

  Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. 

 Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Great Leader?

 

Relationships

The ability to work with people and develop relationships is absolutely indispensible to effective leadership. People truly do want to go along with people they get along with.

 

How can you improve your relationships?

  • Improve your mind
  • Strengthen your heart
  • Repair relationships

 

Responsibility

Good leaders never embrace a victim mentality. They face whatever life throws at them and give it their best. People who welcome responsibility get the job done.

 

How can you improve your responsibility?

  • Hang in there
  • Admit what’s not good enough
  • Find better tools

 

Security

Insecure leaders are dangerous – to themselves, their followers and the organization they lead – because a leadership position amplifies personal flaws. Secure leaders are able to believe in others because they believe in themselves.

 

How can you improve your security?

  • Know yourself
  • Give away the credit
  • Get some help

 

Self Discipline

If you can determine what’s really a priority and release yourself from everything else, it’s a lot easier to follow through on what’s important. Self discipline is not a one time event, it has to become a lifestyle.

 

How can you improve your self discipline?

  • Sort out your priorities
  • List the benefits
  • Get rid of excuses

 

Servanthood

Servanthood is not about position or skill, it’s about attitude. Just as you can sense when a worker doesn’t want to help people, you can just as easily detect whether a leader has a servant’s heart. And the truth is that the best leaders desire to serve others, not themselves.

 

How can you improve your servanthood?

  • Perform small acts
  • Walk slowly through the crowd
  • Start serving

 

Teachability

If you want to grow your organization, you have to remain teachable. The day a leader stops growing is the day they forfeit their potential, and the potential of the organization.

 

How can you improve your teachability?

  • Observe how you react to mistakes
  • Try something new
  • Learn your strengths

 

Vision

Vision is everything for a leader. It is utterly indispensable, because vision leads the leader. Show me a leader without vision and I’ll show you someone who isn’t going anywhere.

 

How can you improve your vision?

  • Measure yourself
  • Write it down
  • Carefully evaluate it

 

Conclusion:

Keep growing as a leader. Put yourself on a regular program where you consistently read books, attend conferences that stretch you, and find other leaders that will mentor you. The only way to become the kind of leader that people want to follow is to keep growing and learning about leadership.  

 

 

Info Exchange – 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader 2 of 3

Welcome to the Loyalty Factor Information Exchange, a bi-weekly service providing summaries of major publications and books on various management and customer relationship topics. 

 
Loyalty Factor has been instrumental in helping companies:

  • Increase Customer Satisfaction by 20 – 33%
  • Increase Revenues by 50% in 18 months
  • Increase Manufacturing Production by 200% in 18 months

Our information exchange this week highlights the book “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader,” by John C. Maxwell. This is part two of a three part series.  

  Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. 

 
Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Great Leader?

 

Focus

What does it take to have the focus required to be a truly effective leader? The keys are priorities and concentration. How should you focus your time energy? Here are some guidelines: Focus 70% on strengths, 25% on new things to grow and keep improving, and 5% on areas of weakness.  

How can you improve your focus?

  • Shift to strengths
  • Staff your weaknesses
  • Create a plan 


Generosity

Nothing speaks to others more loudly or serves them better than generosity from a leader. True generosity isn’t an occasional event, it comes from the heart and permeates every aspect of a leader’s life.

How can you improve your generosity?

  • Give something away
  • Put your money to work for something that will outlive you
  • Find someone to mentor


Initiative

Leaders must show initiative by always looking for opportunities and being ready to take action. Here are four qualities that leaders possess that enable them to make things happen: 1) They know what they want. 2) They push themselves to act. 3) They take more risks. 4) They make more mistakes.  

How can you improve your initiative?  

  • Change your mindset
  • Don’t wait for opportunity to knock
  • Take the next step


Listening

The overwhelming majority of communication problems come from poor listening. While there are a lot of voices out there clamoring for your attention, keep in mind there are two purposes for listening: to connect with people and to learn. Start listening not only for words, but also for feelings, meanings and undercurrents. 

How can you improve your listening?

  • Examine your schedule
  • Meet people on their turf
  • Listen between the lines  


Passion

What makes it possible for people who might seem ordinary to achieve great things? The answer is passion. Passion increases your willpower. If you follow your passions you cant help becoming a more dedicated, productive person. 

How can you improve your passion?  

  • Reevaluate yourself
  • Return to what you love
  • Associate with people of passion


Positive Attitude

If you desire to be an effective leader, having a positive attitude if essential. It not only determines your level of contentment as a person, but it also has an impact on how others interact with you. 

How can you improve your positive attitude?  

  • Feed yourself a regular diet of motivational material
  • Achieve a goal every day
  • Write it on your wall


Problem Solving 

No matter what field a leader is in, he or she will face problems. Leaders with good problem solving ability anticipate problems, accept the truth and handle one thing at a time. 

How can you improve your problem solving?

  • Confront problems
  • Develop a method, like TEACH
    • Time – Spend time to discover the real issue
    • Exposure – Find out what others have done
    • Assistance – Have your team study all angles
    • Creativity – Brainstorm multiple solutions
    • Hit it – Implement the best solution

 

Our next information exchange will cover the final 7 qualities of John Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

 

Info Exchange – 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader 1 of 3

Welcome to the Loyalty Factor Information Exchange, a bi-weekly service providing summaries of major publications and books on various management and customer relationship topics. 

 
Loyalty Factor has been instrumental in helping companies:

  • Increase Customer Satisfaction by 20 – 33%
  • Increase Revenues by 50% in 18 months
  • Increase Manufacturing Production by 200% in 18 months

Our information exchange this week highlights the book “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader,” by John C. Maxwell. This is part one of a three part series.  

  Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. 

 

Maxwell outlines a list of 21 qualities that he has found to be common among all great leaders and he explains these characteristics in detail in his book, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

 

Leadership truly develops from the inside out. If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, what you want to be on the outside. People will want to follow you. “If you are able to do that,” says Maxwell, “you’ll find there’s nothing in this world you cannot do.”

 

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Great Leader?

 

Character

How a leader deals with the circumstances of life tells you many things about his or her character. Every time a leader chooses character, he or she becomes stronger – even if that choice brings negative consequences. The development of character is at the heart of our development, not just as leaders, but as human beings.

 

How can you improve your character?

  • Search for cracks
  • Look for patterns
  • Face your flaws
  • Rebuild

 

Charisma

Most people thing of charisma as something mystical. Simply stated, it is the ability to draw people to you. And like other character traits, it can be developed. If you appreciate others, encourage them and help them reach their potential, they will love you for it.

 

How can you improve your charisma?

  • Change your focus to appreciating others  
  • Make a good impression
  • Share your resources

 

Commitment

If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be committed. True commitment inspires and attracts people. It shows them you have conviction. They will believe in you only if you truly believe in your cause.

 

How can you improve your commitment?

  • Measure how you spend your time and energy
  • Know what’s worth it
  • Make your plans public

Communication

People will not follow you if they don’t know what you want or where you are going. You can be a more effective communicator if you simplify your message and focus on the people with whom you’re communicating.

 

How can you improve your communication?

  • Be clear and concise
  • Pay attention to your focus
  • Live your message

Competence

We all admire people who display high competence, whether they are precision craftsmen, world class athletes or successful business leaders. You don’t have to be Bill Gates to excel. If you want to cultivate competence, you have to keep improving, follow through with excellence, accomplish more than expected and inspire others.

 

How can you improve your competence?

  • Get your head in the game
  • Redefine the standard
  • Find ways to improve

 

Courage

Courage deals with principle, not perception. If you don’t have the ability to see when to stand up and the conviction to do it, you’ll never be an effective leader. Your dedication to potential must remain stronger than your desire to appease others.

How can you improve your courage?

  • Go out – and do something
  • Confront confrontation
  • Take a giant step

 

Discernment

Discernment can be described as the ability to find the root of the matter, and it relies on intuition as well as rational thought. Discernment is an indispensable quality for any leader who desires to maximize effectiveness.

How can you improve your discernment?

  • Analyze past successes
  • Learn how others think
  • Listen to your gut

 

Our next information exchange will cover the next 7 qualities of John Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.