4 Questions That Can Help You Become A Better Leader

Posted: March 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Are you a weak leader? I know that’s a tough question
to answer. I don’t think there is a single leader that will
proclaim, “Yes! I am a weak leader!” At least not
publicly.
The reality is that you are not as good of a leader as
you would like to be. Yes, you are an honest, open,
decisive and principled leader, but there is a roadblock
to your success. And this roadblock is also adversely
affecting the success of your company, the projects
you’re running and the team you are building.
The degree of your success has little to do with the
lack of resources; the basis is in the context of your
habits, fears and the opinions of others. So you run
into what John C. Maxwell, leadership authority, calls
the lid. It’s an invisible, self-imposed, barrier that
prevents you from becoming the leader you are meant
to be.
The Mcdonald’s success story that almost
wasn’t
McDonald’s operates in 118 countries, serves 68 million
customers each day, operates over 35,000 restaurants,
and employs more than 1.7 million people.
But back in 1940, McDonald’s was a single restaurant
located at 1398 North E Street at West 14th Street in
San Bernardino, California. The founders were brothers
Richard and Maurice McDonald. They were skilled
entrepreneurs who steadily grew revenue and by
developing the “Speedee Service System” the brothers
arguably revolutionized the restaurant business.
But they were ineffective leaders.
Under the McDonald’s leadership, the brothers wanted
to keep the franchise to a small number of restaurants.
They had weak leadership that in part was due to their
limited thinking patterns of what was possible. It took
Ray Crock to envision the potential of McDonald’s.
Crock was a strong leader who between 1955 – 1963
grew McDonald’s to 500 restaurants.
How do you become a better leader?
The McDonald’s story is a powerful visual. It paints a
picture of what a good leader can build. But how do
you become that type of leader? You master influence.
So if leadership has more to do with
influence, how do you earn it? John C.
Maxwell touches on four techniques :
1. What have you done?
A track record of your accomplishments tells everyone
what you have done. It allows you to illustrate your
past achievements and gives your followers a reason
to trust your leadership .
2. What can you do?
We follow a leader, in part, because of what he is
capable of doing. We want to feel safe in the
knowledge that he can lead us to a better place. If
your followers believe that you can deliver, they will
follow you.
3. Who are you?
Who you attract is determined by who you are. So the
better leader you are, the better people your will
attract.
4. Who do you know?
Leadership is a relationship business. So it goes
without saying that building deep relationships is
important. The deeper the relationship, the more
profound your influence you will have over others.
Don’t waste another moment
Which of the four methods do you rely on to influence
people ? Rate them 1 – 4, with one meaning you are
highly dependent on it. Once done, ask yourself how
you can better optimize 3 and 4? How you can improve
your influence requires a degree of self-awareness that
can only be accomplished by evaluating your
experiences, your life markers.
These markers usually are associated with a
transformation, change or time of transition. So if you
ask yourself better questions your ability to optimize
your number 3 and 4 increases significantly. Here are
some questions that have helped me:
What is my biggest asset?
What is my biggest liability?
What is my best habit?
What is my worst habit?
What do I value most?
We are not born great leaders. Leadership is a skill that
must be nurtured through consistency, discipline, and
evaluated experiences. There is a great deal of hard
work in becoming a good leader, which is the reason so
many leaders are weak.
I often wonder what would McDonald’s look like today,
if Richard and Maurice intentionally developed their
leadership potential. Some pundits would argue that a
company does better under the guidance of its
founders.

posted by Hari Krish

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