Every leader has his or her own style and approach. But all true leaders share the courage to be genuine, the confidence to lead, and the ability to collaborate for success.
How do courage, confidence, and collaboration work together in great leaders?
Courage starts with the ability to be authentic and to lead by example. It is essential to have the conviction to stay the course, as any decision and its subsequent execution will involve many sets of complex and confusing issues. Dealing with all these complexities and inspiring a team to believe in the mission and execute the plan requires conviction. Further, you need the courage to lead through failures and to learn from them. You must stand up for your team and see that they will succeed.
” Courage is ultimately the ability to lead without a title. “
- Vision: Clear, Compelling & Achievable.
Confidence is reflected in your vision – a vision you create but others follow. An effective vision need not be grand or radical, but it must be clear, compelling, and achievable. Even more importantly, it must be a vision that you truly believe will make a difference for your organization. When you radiate confidence, others will believe in you and your ability to make a change.
” When you radiate confidence, others will believe in you and your ability to make a change “
- Collaboration: the art of getting others’ support in realizing a vision and common goal
Collaboration means working with others and helping them to believe in your vision and join forces to achieve a common goal. This is not always easy, but it is absolutely essential. As part of a consulting organization, I can only achieve results or show growth if everyone does their part. So the fact that we have been successful as a team, unit, or company demonstrates a phenomenal collaborative spirit.
Courage, confidence, and a collaborative spirit are the essentials for you to develop your vision and your team. With the three C’s, you have a basic framework in which you can develop your own authentic leadership.
- Authentic leaders have courage: They lead by example, stay the course despite setbacks, and learn from failure.
- Authentic leaders have confidence: They feel certain of their ability to lead. And they define and communicate a clear, compelling, and achievable vision for their team, function, unit, or organization.
- Authentic leaders have a collaborative spirit: They work with others to attain common goals, and they help others believe in the vision they’ve defined.
- Assess how much courage you have-to lead by example, stay the course despite setbacks, and learn from failure. If you believe you could be more effective in any of these areas, develop a plan for doing so.
- Assess how much confidence you have-that is, the degree to which you feel certain of your ability to lead and the degree to which you define and communicate a clear, compelling, and achievable vision for your team, function, unit, or organization. If you think you could improve in any of these areas, think about ways you can do this.
- Assess the strength of your collaborative spirit-your willingness and ability to work with others to attain common goals, and to help others believe in the vision you’ve defined. If you feel you need to develop these traits further, craft a plan for doing so.
- For those of us willing to share, how much courage do we have-to lead by example, stay the course despite setbacks, and learn from failure? How might we be more effective in any of these areas?
- How much confidence do we have-that is, do we feel certain of our ability to lead, and do we define and communicate a clear, compelling, and achievable vision for our team, function, unit, or organization? What could we do to improve in any of these areas?
- How strong is our collaborative spirit-our willingness and ability to work with others to attain common goals and to help others believe in the vision we’ve defined? What actions could we take to develop these traits further?
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