Leadership

Be a better leader: be a fountain, not a drain

Do you leave your team members feeling drained, or do you infuse them with new life and leave them feeling refreshed?
When you consider a leader as either a drain or a fountain, you notice clear differences.
As with famous fountains, when you choose to be a ‘fountain’ leader, people will be attracted to you for the beauty, refreshing and enjoyment you add to their lives. They will reciprocate by giving their best. A win for them, a win for you, and a win for the organization.

The number one differentiator of effective leaders

Great leaders are able to balance task-focus (getting things done) with people-focus (inspiring, developing, and empowering others). Highly task-focused leaders tend to have tunnel vision in their drive for results, rather than applying a broader lens that recognises the need to engage people.
Most leaders had an underlying fear that “If I let go of control and empower others, they’ll mess things up and I’ll look bad.” It was a belief that “If I don’t work this intensely, I won’t be successful.” These limiting mindsets kept these leaders in a “doom loop” of high task-focus and low people-focus, where they doubled-down on what they did best — getting things done.

5 people you need on your team to climb a high mountain

Next to Geneva in Switzerland, there are two mountains, the Salève and the Mont-Blanc.
The Salève is a cosy mountain. You can drive to the top of it by car. This is a usual walk for locals. As it is so close to the city that it almost gives the impression that you can touch it.However, it might be relatively boring; after a while it is not a challenge anymore.
On the other hand, the Mont-Blanc is further away, scary and pretty much impossible to climb without extensive training and the help of a guide. But just imagine the view up there. There are reasons why it is called “the roof of Europe”, as it is the highest mountain of the “old continent”.
Which mountain are you considering climbing? The easy one, where you know all the turns and the places or the scary, impossible one.This is an important question for your life, as what you will able to achieve depends on the mountain you are considering climbing, and of course, I don’t mean a mountain literally, I mean the goals of your life.

Invest In The Process

Everyone has the potential to be a leader. However, this cannot be accomplished overnight. It requires perseverance, and you absolutely cannot ignore the Law of Process. Leadership develops daily, not in a day. Do not be fooled by the illusion of overnight success. Invest in the process, and reap the rewards.

Revamping Leadership (and Business) Skillsets

Stand out from the rest by: Working and developing the aforementioned leadership skills
Make sure that you’re authentic during the interview and even your tenure
Refrain from having favorites and playing favorites. There should be a distinct and fine line between you and the rest of your employees.
Make sure you have a coach and a mentor who can challenge your comfort zones.
The famous US football coach, John Madden once said, “The road to easy street goes through the sewer.” There are no shortcuts to personal development.