“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” - Arnold Glasow
Leading is a unique privilege. A key component to leadership is sharing. Leadership is all about influence and influence is all about sharing. The best leaders we all know lead by sharing their leadership.
I don’t mind following a leader that is willing to share. This leader must have his followers’ best interest in mind. Too many times we find leaders who believe leading is all about them. This type of leadership will eventually hurt those following causing a decline in the leader’s leadership.
Are you sharing your leadership? If so, how are you sharing leadership?
Sharing your leadership is releasing your leadership power. A leader willing to share or release his or her leadership power will not only increase their effectiveness as a leader, but it also will build a legacy that will last much longer than the span of any human life. You may be asking yourself the question of what does it mean to release the power of my leadership? Here are three valuable ways you can share your leadership.
Are you sharing influence as a leader? Robin S. Sharma said, “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact. Influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”
How are you using your passion to inspire the people around you? Our passion and influence not only develops others around you, but it also inspires others to be and do more. There is nothing better than helping others visualize a better version of themselves.
If you are anything like me, I value people and things that will help me grow and develop personally and professionally. In all of our sharing, we must add value. The question is what do your followers value?
Once you discover what your followers’ value then you must deliver on adding value. More than likely, this is one of the reasons they are following you in the first place. This is the ultimate sign of a credible leader.
People are following you for a specific reason, so why not discover that reason and meet your followers’ needs. This does not make you a weak leader. On the contrary, it makes you a stronger leader because you listen to those who make you the leader you are.
One of the greatest gifts you will ever be able to share as a leader is hope. Desmond Tutu the South African social rights activist said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
There is enough negative in our world. The job of any good leader is to infuse your followers with hope. Hope is a sense that what is wanted or desired can be had. It also means having a feeling that events will turn out for the best.
Hope is needed if you plan on being successful as a leader. Hope will not only increase your potential as a leader, but it also will increase the capabilities of your organizations. Hope will positively change the culture of a person and/or organization.
So next time you are actively leading, just remember to share your leadership. I would love to hear from you. Who are you leading? How are you currently sharing your leadership?