Leadership – The 4 Pillars of Better Leadership

Good morning and thanks to all of you.

We are back with Leadership season.

What do you see from your daily business routines?

See you as a success peoples?

See other peoples as a poor they must serve you?

What if someday, you would become them?

I mean, someday, you would bankrupt and be ordinary employees or peoples, as same as poor people that you look at now?

Or, someday, the person you looking at now, become a success peoples and own a big business in 10 years?

No body knows.

Okay, maybe we need to take a look some examples.

Lets start with some history of success peoples that in the past, they have no luck, poor in economic and business.

Bill Gates’ first business failed.

Yes, the richest person in the whole world couldn’t make any money at first. Gates’ first company, Traf-O-Data (a device which could read traffic tapes and process the data), failed miserably. When Gates and his partner, Paul Allen, tried to sell it, the product wouldn’t even work. Gates and Allen didn’t let that stop them from trying again though. Here’s how Allen explained how the failure helped them:Even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later.”

bill gates

Richard Branson has dyslexia.

Branson was a pretty bad student — he didn’t get good marks and he did poorly on standardized tests. Instead of giving up, he used the power of his personality to drive him to success. Today, Branson, known for developing Virgin Records and many of its more technologically advanced spinoffs, is the fourth richest person in the UK.

richard branson

Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the lightbulb.

Although the exact number of tries has been debated, ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 attempts, it’s safe to say Edison tried and failed a whole lot before he successfully created his beacon of light. His response to his repeated failures? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

thomas edison

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/successful-people-obstacles_n_3964459.html

There so many examples but we just take 3 examples.

Okay, what do you see from them?

In they area, peoples around them will see that this kid / person had no further.

They would failed and even never success.

But, no one can predict that these peoples would become some of success peoples in human history.

They were not work alone.

There are several peoples who support them even most peoples did not.

Those several peoples saw them as a potential person, support them to continue the journey, then become happy with their success.

That’s a part of leader who has a high quality leadership.

As a leader, we need to be a part of people’s heart, support them, not judge them.

Hmm, maybe you still wondering why.

Lets go back to human history.

Mahatma Gandhi

His main characteristics were resilience, knowledge, people-skills, motivational approach and leading by example.

George Washington

What made Washington great was his foresight, vision, strategic planning and his ability to lead people to success.

Abraham Lincoln

His greatest traits were his determination, persistence, beliefs and courage.

Julius Caesar

His greatest traits were his decisiveness, boldness, eagerness, motivation, opportunism and strategic planning.

Winston Churchill

Churchill was known for his fearlessness, determination, unyielding perseverance and undying devotion to his goal.

Source: http://www.industryleadersmagazine.com/leadership-and-10-great-leaders-from-history/

I added Soekarno, from Indonesia.

He is one of my favorite leader. Similar with other leader, he has knowledge, people-skills, motivational approach, strategic planning and his ability to lead people to success.

In some movies, there are some leadership point that attached on the movie scene.

  1. Saving Private Ryan.
  2. Movie 300.
  3. Devils Wear Prada.
  4. Remember the Titans.
  5. Brave heart.
  6. The last samurai.

Lets take some example.

Movie 300.

In the movie, the King, support by only 300 best soldier. They combat with hundreds thousand enemies.

What kind of leader he was?

He’s very people’s oriented.

He share his strategy and asked their opinion.

He always asked about the progress and keep it in track.

He review the plan and always see on the big and small pictures, ensure that everything follow his plan.

Beside that, he also very brave, persistence, belief, courage.

Okay, now, can you see my point?

All of great leader in the past need peoples skills.

They can not work alone.

They support peoples to become next leader, join them with open hands.

They share ideas, planing, and keep on track of the plan, as same as project manager in nowadays.

So, to close this season,what conclusion do we have as a great leader?

  1. People oriented. As a leader, he need to understand that peoples is same and they have a passion that need to be linked with our plan. If yo can do it, they will follow you to everywhere and become next leader.
  2. Strategic thinking. Share your plan, They need to understand what path to go, what kind of journey you want to take, what kind of people you are. If they understand, they will align their own thinking with your strategic think.
  3. Keep on track the plan. Don’t loose track, keep it as a project manager.
  4. See small and big things.Yes, you must pay most of your time to see big things, but don’t forget to see small things. This small things can change your entire plan, if you can not manage it.

Just learn from history that I share above.

Happy reading!

You can read another article on following articles.

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The 4 Pillars of Better Leadership

According to the U.S. Small Business Association, nearly 540,000 new small businesses start each month. While half of these new ventures will celebrate a five-year anniversary, 70 percent of them will fail within 10 years.

While much has been made about a difficult economy over the last eight years, the fact is most businesses fail not because of a poor business climate or complicated external market forces. They fail because of poor internal leadership.

That might seem harsh, but it’s also the reality of business. With over half a million new ventures starting up each month, it stands to reason that not all of them are going to have good leaders, much less great ones.

When entrepreneurs or CEOs turn to me for advice on concrete steps they can take to improve their leadership skills, I share with them these four leadership pillars:

1. Take care of your employees.

Your employees are your company’s most important asset, and the first step in taking care of them is to pay a fair wage and provide health insurance. This gives your employees security and peace of mind. They will be able to focus on the company and be less stressed about life at home.

But it doesn’t stop with a paycheck. You must constantly demonstrate your concern for everyone pursuing the company’s goals. This can be as simple as asking associates how they or their families are doing or as elaborate as holding monthly events geared at boosting team morale. Happy, secure and productive employees are a key component to every success story.

2. Share the plan. 

As an executive for most of my professional life, I understand that sometimes you can’t give the whole story to your team because a premature announcement may scuttle a deal before it takes off. But secrecy should be the outlier. Keep your team informed of everything as often as possible. Giving a big-picture view can help inspire your employees as well as enable them to make slight adjustments on their own to make sure the course remains steady and the goals within reach.

3. Sweat the small stuff. 

Throughout our lives we’re told “don’t sweat the small stuff,” and instead pay attention to the big things, the big picture. Only worry about big challenges. The problem is, big challenges rarely present themselves out-of-the-blue. Instead, the big things start off as small stuff that went un-sweated and were therefore allowed to fester. Small stuff feeds on inactivity and neglect. I’ve found that by sweating the small stuff, paying attention to the details, we are better equipped to solve problems before they become catastrophes.

4. Keep in touch. 

Never overestimate how much you know about what’s going on with your business or your team. Chances are there’s a lot more going on than you see. Some of it you need to know, some of it maybe you don’t, but by keeping your ear to the ground, proactively checking in with your staff and by remaining accessible so staff can check in with you, you will have at least an understanding of what you need to know inside your company.

These may seem simple, but they’re not. They require work. Even at the highest level, a good CEO is often a very good project manager. Because of this, it can be difficult to remember to take the time to step out of what might be your comfort zone and interact with your staff on topics that may have nothing to do with pending projects. But don’t settle for that.

A good leader doesn’t lead from behind a desk or an email account. A good leader leads from the front, interacting with staff, holding them accountable, making sure they know they’re valued and by paying attention to detail.

It’s a lot of work, but nobody said leadership was easy or without sacrifice. It will mean missed dinners with the family, losing out on occasional weekends and more than a little stress. But if you follow these tips, it might also mean moving your business from the huge pile of failure statistics to the much smaller pile of success statistics.

Author: Gabriel Bristol, President and CEO of Intelicare Direct.

Link: http://www.ceo.com/flink/?lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.entrepreneur.com%2Farticle%2F249993&id=330373 ,

Date: 20 October 2015.

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