Posted by Todd Smith
John Maxwell is the most recognized author about the subject of leadership. He describes leadership as “being a person who has influence.” But what gives you influence? How is it earned? I believe the number one factor in determining your influence is the respect people have for you. If people don’t respect you, why would you expect them to follow your lead?
My experience tells me that the most effective way to earn people’s respect is to consistently strive to excel at everything you do. When you give it your all, you will earn respect for your effort and for the person you become in the process. As people’s respect for you grows, your influence will grow accordingly. And when your influence develops, your value to the market place will increase.
Focus on Two Areas
If you have the desire to become an admired and respected leader, then there are two specific areas on which to focus your attention:
The first is to develop in the area of personal responsibility. Begin by identifying the little things that will allow you to perform your obligations at the highest level and then strive for excellence as you master them. Whether you want to be a great mom, a call center supervisor or the owner of your own successful business, the key is to push yourself to perform at the highest level you are capable of reaching.
The second is to improve yourself and grow as a person. Here are four recommendations:
As you begin implementing the little things you learn, stretch yourself to do your very best. Push yourself harder than you have ever pushed yourself before. Regardless of your age, education or background, if you will strive for excellence to be the very best at what you do, you will quickly see your influence begin to grow.
Let me challenge you to be type of leader you would respect, admire and want to follow. Great leaders aren’t born. They are slowly formed from the compounding effect of small daily improvements. Starting today, begin to view yourself as the leader you want to become. Then commit yourself to the daily process of constant and never-ending improvement.
Becoming a respected leader will open opportunities in your life that have never existed before. As you grow as a leader, one of the most rewarding and fulfilling benefits is the opportunity you will have to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
In every type of leadership position, the improvements you make in who you are and what you do, will have a positive impact on the people you are leading. So, when you do the little things to get better, everyone you lead will get better.
Career, Character, Entrepreneurship, Excellence, Leadership, Respect
Todd Smith is a successful entrepreneur of 34 years and founder of Little Things Matter. To receive Todd’s lessons, subscribe here. All Todd’s lessons are also available on iTunes as downloadable podcasts.
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