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How Leaders Learn.
The ability to cultivate and maintain certain intellectual independence is essential to the Leader who seeks to avoid ultimate failure. Although failures are inevitable along any Leader’s journey, some of the worst results from a leader succumb to a herd mentality. This may involve excessive compliance with the whims and assumptions of followers. But more often, this involves excessive deference to conventional wisdom.
The effective leader has a decided contrarian streak—a tendency to consider what others won’t think, an appetite for studying what others don’t learn, and a willingness to go where others won’t tread. Therefore, it is not unusual for Leaders to occasionally make a decision that proves to be wrong. Because there is nobody else to take responsibility for their decision, Leaders will learn from their failures by necessity.
Leaders are often tasked with challenges, perhaps turning around a failing business or re-organising an underperforming organisation. Before investors plough more of their hard-earned money into an enterprise, they want to have the comfort of having a Leader who can perform beyond their expectations. Otherwise, they would do it themselves!
When a Leader sets about such a task, they plan and visualise how the business or organisation could look at some selected point in the future. Leaders make progress toward their goals because they think about what steps are needed, when, how, and whom.
Leaders develop an ability to take intelligent risks and drive the changes required whilst focusing on the goal they have in their minds. They will share their vision with the people they are responsible for because Leaders know that success comes through people.
The real job of a Leader is to take care of the people they are responsible for. The goal is to gain their trust and confidence. Leaders must practise empathy and develop a mindset that takes responsibility through faith. Leaders understand that gaining trust takes time; the key is to build momentum when it comes to gaining people's confidence.
There is no faster way to build trust than having early success with your people, taking the blame for failures and giving credit to others for successes.
Leaders do not seek glory, but they work hard to exceed their ambition. They know what failure is and how to bounce back quickly. They believe in people, which is what Leadership is all about.
"Responsibility through trust
empowers and drives a Leader to greater heights."