There seem to be as many definitions of leadership as there are people trying to define it. My definition is simple... a leader is anyone who has a follower. With that definition, YOU are most likely a leader. Leadership is a relationship. Think about it! Is there anyone watching what you say or do and making decisions on what they say or do based on what they see in you? Perhaps a child…a friend…a spouse…a family member…someone in your church…a peer at work…someone in your neighborhood… or most obviously, someone who reports to you at work? Real leadership is not about title…it’s about influence. You, my friend, are a leader whether you acknowledge it or not. Someone is watching you…someone is following your lead. Considering that, I want to share with you the Pareto Principle of Leadership Excellence…the three skills that, when mastered, will enable you to influence others with excellence and build hope for a better tomorrow.
First, build trust in the relationship by being dependable, behaving with integrity, and apologizing when (not if) you’re wrong. Second, create accountability in the relationship by creating mutual understanding of what’s expected and how it’s measured, reinforcing right behaviors and coaching wrong behaviors daily, and summarizing progress on a regular basis. And third, lead with passion, discovering what I call your MVP SHAPE and encouraging others to do the same. MVP SHAPE is an acronym that stands for mission (why are you here?), vision (where are you going?), principles (what will guide you on your path?), spiritual gifts (what are your natural talents?), heart (what inspires you to action?), abilities (what are you good at?), personality (what are your natural tendencies?), and experience (what are you prepared for?).
When you build trust, relationships strengthen. Trust drives excellence. When you create accountability, others take responsibility and follow through. Accountability authenticates excellence. When you lead with passion, you inspire others to join you. Passion energizes excellence. TAP-N2 the Pareto Principle of Leadership Excellence™, it makes everything else get better! After all, someone is following you!
Make it an excellent week!