“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” ~ Lao Tzu
What a relief…
I meet so many business leaders who are completely exhausted, battle weary and burnt out. Efforting to lead, they put themselves in a depth of work commitment and stress.
What if real leadership was success through others? Does this actually work?
In the business of the twenty first century, leadership can only be achieved as success through others. The full potential of leadership involves several factors, and in businesses that rely on networking for their success this is even more important.
Leaders who achieve enviable success in their work, and at the same time have life balance tend to do the following five things:
- Deliberately find and work with people with more skill and knowledge than self.
- State the goal, and encourage individuals to demonstrate even better ways to achieve it.
- Stand by the decisions of people in their team, and be accountable even if the decisions don’t achieve the desired outcome.
- Live the motto, “leadership is success through others.”
- Create an environment that brings out the very best in people.
Many people have these qualities and are not running businesses, but, instead are working successfully and independently in networking businesses that apply the same principles of leadership, without a stressful payroll.
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” ~ Max Lucado
In my work I meet many women in administration and middle management who are frustrated by their leadership qualities not being recognised by their employer. My message is, you need to look at this from a different angle and maybe stop efforting in relation to internal promotion in the workforce that is paying you by the hour. There’s an opportunity to parallel a paid day job with a business in networking that will satisfy the skills in leadership that your employer may not have recognised and once you’ve literally replaced your income the choices of your leadership become apparent. The skill to leadership is success through others and this does not take time, it takes the right skills.
Madelaine Cohen Author
Lipstick Learning is an initiative of Sydney based business leader, Certified NLP Trainer (ABNLP), entrepreneur and Master NLP Practitioner Madelaine Cohen. Sharing information and joining forces with people who choose to lead. Madelaine has more than two decades of inspiration from her businesses in consumer products, sports marketing, executive coaching and healthcare. She takes a leading role in mentoring executives and training business leadership in large and small enterprises. Why? Inspire people to lead and together we can create lifetimes of health and happiness. To find out how you can lead with even more authenticity and ease, contact Madelaine through Lipstick Learning.
Madelaine welcomes connection & networking so if you have something to ask or share, go for it.