Christian heads many organizations and several Professional Associations. He was always respected. Whatever he says, goes. He retired recently, and decided to use his knowledge to start a renowned Group to make a difference to others in the community. He was successful. Within a year the group grew to several hundreds, with many eager to join his endeavor.
However, Christian has one problem. The group has grown and comprised millennials and others who expect a participatory leadership style. They shared ideas which little by little were shut down, avoided, or disregarded. The members now wonder whether it makes sense for them to be involved in the organization.
Christina Folz in her article titled Lead From Where You Are, shared 6 tips to help you succeed as a leader:
- Accept Failure
- Embrace who you are
- Build relationships early
- Question Everything
- Find People who Challenge you
- Take initiative
Of the points raised my top three include, accepting failure because it means you have tried. You don’t wait around until things are safe before stepping out.
Building relationships is also crucial to success. My own research on Success Strategies confirmed this when I interviewed leaders of several organizations to find out the traits that made them successful.
The third point concerned finding and working with people who challenge you. Doing this encourages creativity, and a creative team propels an organization or team’s success.
There you have it, my top favs selected. From the list, do you have a favorite, or two? Do share.