The Difference Between Leadership and Convenience
Leaders come in many shapes and sizes. The most effective are those who take ownership of their role and make it a priority to lead with purpose. This type of leadership is different than simply being the leader because it is convenient. It is not just because you were chosen for the job. There is a difference between leadership and convenience. It requires an all-in approach. This approach not only sets the tone but also serves as a model for how others should behave. Let’s explore what it takes to be an all-in leader.
Leadership Requires Commitment
Leaders need to be committed to their roles and responsibilities in order to be successful. This means not shying away from difficult conversations, tasks, or decisions that need to be made. It also means going above and beyond when needed. Whether that is offering guidance and support or taking on extra projects when needed. In essence, it requires putting your team first rather than yourself.
Leadership Requires Responsibility
Leaders have a responsibility to set the tone for their teams and ensure that everyone is working together towards a common goal. This means having an understanding of each person’s strengths and weaknesses so that they can be utilized in the best way possible. It also means being able to delegate tasks effectively so that everyone is contributing in some way—even if they don’t feel like they are leading per se.
Leadership Requires Selflessness
Being a leader requires selflessness—not only in terms of time but also energy, effort, resources, and more. Leaders must put their own needs aside in order to better serve those around them—and this includes sacrificing personal wants or desires if necessary in order to make sure that everyone else succeeds first. This takes courage as well as humility; leaders must be willing to admit when they don’t know something or need help from others in order for their teams to thrive.
All In Leadership Tools To Consider
Here are some suggestions for resources if you are desiring to become or sharpen you all in type Leadership.
- Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness
- Association for talent development
- ABC Coaching and Consulting by Todd McKeever
- Tools from my resource page. This page will always be getting new resources added. Stop back again and again.
Overall, all-in leadership requires commitment, responsibility, and selflessness from its practitioners. It goes beyond simply being the leader because it is convenient or because someone told you that you had to do it; instead, it requires an active engagement with your team members so that everyone can work together towards success. If you want your team members (or employees) to reach their potential then becoming an all-in leader may just be what you need to be preparing for.