Being an effective leader is one of the most important aspects of running a successful business or organization. And since leadership can be a real challenge for most of us, I’ve asked the knowledgeable CarolRoth.com contributor network of experts, advisors and entrepreneurs to provide their best tips for effective leadership. Their answers are presented below in no particular order.
You may notice some similar ideas listed, but I kept them separate, as something in the way one is framed may resonate differently with you.
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Pursue the goal, not the process!
It is vital for a leader to keep the goal firmly in mind when they begin their success journey. The challenge for many is the distracting desire to be mired in the particulars of a process. Remember that there are different ways to reaching an objective, and the authentic leader will be far less likely to micro-manage, or slow the flow of progress. Significant time, training, and resources were expended to assemble the team of professionals, so let them do what they are there to do, while you lead! A common aphorism says that if two people are doing the same thing, then one of you is not needed.
There are superior human qualities and gifts which do not have a price tag. Leadership is one of them. Yet, about one week ago, one of my students, a 14 year old boy, asked me: "Can I be President if I do not have enough money?" I had to be truthful and answered: "First embrace knowledge with education, and then money will follow". It is profoundly challenging to comprehend how a campaign for President—the sacred leadership of the country—is not even measured just by millions, but now reaching the billion dollar mark.
I am very grateful to read about this powerful, highly refined and reliable group of distinguished people who are emphasizing leadership as a noble human engine in our society.