I think to some extent we are all leaders. For example, in a study group the instructor may randomly pick leaders. Also, in our ordinary life, sometimes we teach and help our friends to do things. These are all leadership experiences. So the question is how do you become a better leader? And how do you improve your leadership skills?
The best leader are insatiable learners. I found an article from Harvard Business Review that related to this idea. This article said: “Gardner, who died in 2002 at the age of 89, was a legendary public intellectual and civic reformer…Gardner was so serious about this learning imperative, so determined that the message would get through, that he wrote the speech out in advance because he wanted ‘every sentence to hit its target'”.
In Taylor’s opinion, people out there in today’s society are more stale than what they know and more bored than they would care to admit. People in large-scale organizations always ask “how can I be so bored when I’m so busy?”. People that are young are trapped in fixed attitudes and habits. His solution was that we should keep learning, growing and changing.
An important word he mentioned was “ambition”. “After all, ambition eventually wears out and probably should. But you can keep your zest until the day you die,” he stated.
Keep learning and changing. I think that is easy to understand, but hard to act upon. As a leader, we should always remember this.
In another article, there were some tips to be a great leader. “Remember, just because someone is offended doesn’t mean you are wrong”. This happens a lot, that we push ourselves back to the beginning position in a negotiation, because someone was offended. This tip reminded me to be critical and to be confident with myself.
“Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – Dale Partridge
There are two things that define a leader. When they have nothing, their consistence, and the patient that they practice define their success. When they have everything, their attitude toward learning challenging things will define whether they can or cannot be a successful leader.
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins
This is a very important element of defining the success of a leader. As a leader, we should take massive actions sometimes, and not think and gather too much information.