Leaders Can Be Found Everywhere

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Often the word leader is thought of as only someone in the government, a CEO, or the owner of a business, but the truth is, while these are examples of people who can be leaders, the title of a job doesn’t define leadership. Instead, what defines leadership is the ability to influence others.

The Person Who Gets Things Done

Whether it’s your local PTA or your neighborhood, community leaders are the people getting things that need to be done and done. Even if they don’t personally take on the formal roles that most people see as leaders, the fact that they get things done shows that they are leaders.

The Silent Doer Who Does Things

While the person who gets things done and the person who does it may not be the same, they are both excellent examples of leadership. While a good leader can plan and organize, the successful person who does it without ever mentioning it is also a great leader.

The One Who Has the Trust

If you remember the movie Erin Brockovich, the single imperfect mom who decided to become a paralegal. With no experience, the single mom took on the corrupt water company that was poisoning entire neighborhoods. You’ve seen a great example of someone who had people’s trust and stepped up to become the leader even though she did not have the power position or the money.

The Individual Who Asks the Right Questions

Some people are good at asking the right questions to figure out how to solve a problem. This person is also a great leader because of the person’s ability to see things from different perspectives. While looking at complex issues is necessary for a great leader, knowing when to charge full steam ahead.

The Person with The Vison

Identifying long-term strategic goals, eliminating roadblocks, recognizing change, solving problems with a deep understanding of the desired result. And sharing that idea in an understandable and motivational way with others is an essential leadership skill that is often overlooked when choosing people with the obvious titles to lead.

The One with Faith in Their Convictions

That person has studied the situation and knows without a doubt that their ideas will work (they have the facts) as they understand the needs and perspectives of others. But they value their own experience, education, training, and knowledge when it comes to this situation and isn’t afraid to say so even if their title doesn’t establish them as the leader.

You realize that leaders are everywhere, including in your family, in your workplace, and neighborhood, even if they don’t carry a specific title that designates them as leaders. But leadership is defined more by the effect a person has on others, and it becomes clear that it’s within your power to become a leader in any area of life that you want to. All you need to do is figure out what needs to be done, learn how to do it, and start doing it.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

How Mentoring Can Improve Your Leadership Skills

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A mentor is often someone in a leadership position who takes it upon themselves to transfer skills to the up-and-coming movers and shakers in the industry to enhance their careers and help them advance. While taking on the mentor role is designed to help the mentee, the experience is not one-sided. Being a mentor offers you a fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills and become a better leader.

Learn Open and Supportive Communication Skills

Communication requires both the message sender and the message receiver to do more than act passively. As you learn the communication process and how it all works, you’ll become a better communicator who listens and speaks with thought and concern for supporting the other person in their understanding.

Practice and Perfect Your Listening Skills

Mentors need to listen to their mentees to know what they need. Just the act of needing to hear is good practice for you for the rest of your career because listening is a skill that most people need to practice more often. Listening isn’t just hearing. It’s listening with the intent to understand in an active way that requires you to ask questions to get answers.

Learn How to Provide Constructive Criticism

When you mentor someone, you need to give them feedback. As a leader, you will often be tasked with providing feedback to all kinds of folks to help ensure the impact you’re making and the results you’re producing are as top-notch as you desire. However, sometimes this is a forgotten process that is ignored. When you mentor, you need to do it as it’s the primary function of the relationship that you learn to do positively. This positive feedback will help you in all areas of your leadership.

Encourages Lifelong Learning

While a mentor’s key role is to help usher the less experienced person into the meat of their career, the truth is that it allows you to learn more. Getting stuck in old ways of doing and thinking is common, but when a less experienced person comes along and asks new questions based on their unique perception of the world, you’ll be forced to learn new things that will take your career to the next level too.

Establishes New Strong Relationships

Even though a mentor is slightly ahead of the mentee in their career, the relationship you build as you help them navigate their life and career through your experience can help you later. Furthermore, these relationships are made in a mutually respectful way, which will carry over into other avenues of opportunity.

Increases Your Professional Credibility

If you are known as the person who takes the time to help others and open the door wider so others can come through, it just makes you seem even better. As a leader, you’re not worried about someone taking over from you, and you want someone to do that eventually, so you help create future leaders by your mentorship.

Builds More Self Awareness

When you help someone slightly behind you with experiencing the success you have thus far, it feels good because you get to see yourself from a new perspective. The more views you can see yourself, the more you get to know who you are and what is important.

Improves Your Coaching Skills

Most leaders are tasked with coaching others through solving a problem, but they may not realize it. Once you mentor someone, you’ll start to notice ways to use this skill within the workplace or your business and even in your personal life with your family.

Finally, taking on mentorship can help you become a better leader. As you build your people skills with each mentee you take on, you’ll become a much more knowledgeable, open, and respected leader who is not stuck in the old ways.

Until next time, stay safe and keep the faith.