In Order To Lead, Do This First

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

Leadership is valued by many, but only fit for a few.

You can learn leadership skills, but it doesn’t automatically make you a leader.

If you’ve ever been a manager the transition from high performer to leader of others is a completely different skill set. Now it doesn’t matter how good you are at doing your job, it becomes about how well you can help others do theirs.

Although most aren’t equipped to lead others, there’s a more important type of leadership that is available to all: self-leadership.

The best leaders in any industry know their strengths and weaknesses. Leaders do more of what they’re great at and ask for help/outsource at what they’re not.

The pre-requisite for leadership is leading yourself. If you can’t do that, forget about involving anyone else.

Have you ever noticed when great leaders fall it usually points to a personal challenge they’re struggling with?

We all make mistakes and we’ll continue to do so, but hopefully along the way you grow personally and don’t repeat the same ones.

You can’t teach what you don’t have which is why we expect our leaders to show, not tell us what to do.

There’s a desire to impact and influence people because it makes us feel better about ourselves, but what we really need to do first is build the foundation at “homebase.”

Leadership is also unfairly glorified. Using the quote at the top of the page, great leaders actually deflect praise and welcome more responsibility.

True leadership isn’t full of glamour. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The best leaders have the ability to manage, even tame their egos in order to build everyone else’s around them.

Leaders have a quiet confidence about them that doesn’t need to get recognition from others.

The funny thing about leadership is if most people understood what it entailed, they would run away.

Instead of focusing on your next opportunity to lead others, look in the mirror and ask yourself how you can lead yourself better.

Do that first and you may just get the opportunity to serve others.

How Working Remotely Benefits Your Health

Remote-working

Employing remote workers increases the pool of talent for your company. Telecommuting, once thought of as a perk, now levels the playing field.

Theoretically it can pose challenges to management but if done right, supervision shouldn’t vary much. At the heart of managing remote workers is trust. It is literally impossible to micromanage remotely, yet there’s the temptation to in person.

There are several books and online articles that cover managing a remote staff, but few address the benefits health-wise. Here are three ways:

1. Lack of germs – Experiencing the flu can make you a germaphobe, but in a shared workspace it’s almost impossible to avoid the common cold. Working remotely means you’re communicating virtually, but working independently. Not only does the lack of commute save time, but eliminating travel and interaction equates to less trips to the doctor annually.

2. Increased efficiency – Meetings are a waste of time, especially when they’re run poorly. Two brains are better than one, but distractions decrease performance rapidly. No matter how social of a person you are, working alone produces a much higher rate (and usually with less mistakes). With less scheduled interactions, more quality work gets done.

3. Self-leadership – Strip management from the room and there’s a fear of completed tasks. But shouldn’t you be motivated to get stuff done without someone breathing down your neck? As an entrepreneur, the first thing to go is structure when free from the corporate world. Your responsibility is to create order or risk wasting time. A hard lesson to learn initially, self-accountability means you can be trusted.

More and more companies choose to hire remote workers meaning new leadership practices must be implemented. Quality of lifestyle is becoming the most important factor professionally. The more you are informed about the benefits of working remotely, the easier the transition will be to make. Your body, mind and emotions will thank you for it later.