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The 3 L's of Leadership

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 102

Being a strong decisive leader is important in business. You want to be a force to be reckoned with, but you also want your team to love and respect you. Some leaders don't care about this, but for me, it's absolutely essential if you want to grow and retain and awesome team.

Here are my 3 L's of leadership: Love, Listen, and Lead

Love your team. I find it essential to learn to love your team. Love the great things about them and really express your gratitude for the work they do. Love the things you learn from them and the challenges they present. A great team will not only support its leader, but challenge the leaders' character and help the leader mature. Love also allows you to see past their flaws and correct them in a loving manner. This will strengthen your relationship with your team.

Listen to every word with your full attention. When I'm with my team, I focus on every word they say. Turn off the phone, email, TV, or anything else that can distract you. Look your folks in the eye and repeat things back to them so they know that 1. You are listening to them, and 2. You understand what they are saying. A great leader will ask more questions than anything else. Ask them how they would like you to solve their problems. Ask them what they want out of life. Ask them how their kids are doing. Ask them if they need anything. Ask them if they have time for a walk or lunch with you. To sum it up, zip your mouth and listen to them.

Lead them by setting an exceptional example. The best leaders Love their team, Listen to everyone on the team, and LEAD by example. They step in and do a task no one else wants to do without asking for a volunteer. They step up for what is right every time without fail. Their integrity can't be questioned because everyone knows how they play the game. They may not lead without fear, but they lead in the face of fear. They are the first ones to step up and make a decision when no one wants to make one and they are the first to work out a favorable solution that benefits the whole team. They set family first as a priority and they stick to that priority. Great leaders always mean what they say and say what they mean AND follow through on everything they say. You can count on them to step up in any situation, good or bad. They share the credit and shoulder the blame.

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