A few weeks ago I told you about the Saddleback Civil Forum I attended in which President George W. Bush was interviewed on the subject of leadership - well I am doubly excited to tell you I was able to attend another Civil Forum in which Prime Minister Tony Blair was similarly interviewed. Again, whether you agree with their politics or not, as two of the world’s most influential leaders they have valuable information to share.
Have you ever wondered how some people seem to naturally surround themselves with the best and brightest and others, well they just choose poorly? Think about it - leadership at its core, is about people and your ability to lead them. This may sound like a “well – duh” statement, but if you don’t know how to get people to move from point A to B then you’re not meeting your objectives. This week I am going to focus on the skills both leaders emphasized for dealing with the people around you.
LEADERSHIP NUGGETS on RELATIONSHIPS
- A leader has good judgment and he surrounds himself with trustworthy people.
- A leader must align authority and responsibility - empower others. – Help others grow and fulfill their potential. If you put someone in a position of responsibility give them the authority they need to make decisions.
- Leaders must recognize destructive people/characteristics and be willing to make changes. – Take decisive action quickly.
- Leaders must relate to others. They must be curious and learn to draw information from others to learn about them.
- People want to be treated with dignity.
What we can learn: A leader understands the value of those around him/her and realizes he/she can promote the success of others by empowering them to succeed. Conversely, a leader knows when someone in their circle is creating chaos and is not afraid to make immediate changes. Additionally, a leader treats the potentially huge client and the cleanup crew with the same respect and dignity.
Ask Yourself: Who are the key people around me? Do they improve my world or wreak havoc? Take some time this week to thoughtfully determine which category they fall into and whether you have the ability to empower them. What changes can you make?
Comment Below: What is the most significant thing you have learned about the people you surround yourself with? What have you learned about yourself?