There are numerous types of leaders. Some are leaders because they have been given a job title and their position provides a measure of authority over those under their direction. If this is the kind of leader you are and you are satisfied with this type of leadership, then this article is not for you. This is for the person who knows that in order to achieve real leadership, one must continually be growing and learning. A true leader is one who is seeking to learn new skills and perfect existing ones. One way to view this – a true leader is one who first and foremost knows how to lead him/herself.
A great leader is one who has the ability to inspire her team to achieve greatness beyond what they imagine for themselves. She does this by energizing her team, by helping them discover innovative ways to achieve their goals, by providing necessary guidance to keep the team on track, coaching them through times of difficulty and setback and encouraging them to execute their plans. She creates an atmosphere where team members can thrive and succeed.
The wise leader is the one who also knows he/she can’t do this alone. That is one of the great values of having a mentor or a coach who assists you in your development as a person and as a leader. We all need someone who challenges us to effectively lead ourselves before attempting to lead others. Who is the mentor/coach in your life that is helping you? If you don’t have such a person, begin seeking out one today.
If you want to truly develop as a leader, you must be working on self-improvement and self-growth. You’ll find it much easier to do with the assistance of a coach or mentor.