This week my blog focuses on Leadership and I have the greatest pleasure to be interviewing Sue Knight Author of ‘NLP at Work’, and a pioneer of NLP for leaders in business. Look out for that coming soon.
Leadership skills are becoming ever increasingly valuable in a changing landscape, where more individuals are deciding to start their own businesses and create their own income streams than ever before.
What is this thing we call leadership and why is it so important to the success of a business and to our own personal success?
One definition of Leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”
Some of the skills of a good leader are said to be:
Yet I wonder how many leaders are chosen based on these skills in today’s large organisations?
Leaders attract followers and this is important especially in today’s social media revolution. Your presence as a leader in your field can be determined through the followers you attract. This is not necessarily the number of followers but the quality of follower, in terms of appropriate to your niche, and potential to buy from you or to buy into your organisation.
Followers are naturally drawn to people who exhibit strength and can inspire belief in others. They inspire people and this can produce a charismatic effect. Yet charisma is by itself no guarantee of effective leadership.
Leadership of our own lives is a choice
Leadership is a choice we make and personally and for me – I want to be the main character in my life (my movie). I want to know that in the choices I have made, the challenges and adventures I have experienced, I have taken a central and defining role in what I’ve created, how I’ve responded and how I have inspired or influenced the people who share my journey.
I don’t want to sit back and give up my power to others and allow them to choose my path for me. I have a drive and passion to know that I have lived by my own rules and choices, while respecting the boundaries and choices of others. I want to be the leading lady, not the supporting friend (though I have been the supporting friend too often).
What do you choose?
Like all things some people are born more naturally to leadership than others. Often people don’t seek to be a leader, and yet we all have the ability to lead in different situations. Personal leadership, the ability to lead yourself and connect with your vision and mission for your life is important for those who want to make a difference and to be a model of Excellence in their field.
Leadership skills can be developed and the skills, attitudes and abilities you learn in NLP are central to being a powerful and empowering leader.
Leadership is not the exclusive preserve of the wealthy and well educated. Leadership skills are more cognitive and to do with self-belief, aptitude and attitude. It is also a matter of personal conviction, that commitment we covered in an earlier blog, and believing strongly in a goal, passion or aim, whatever it is for you.
Why Be a Leader?
From the perspective of a leader, you are creating your own success and, offering and showing others how to do the same as well as how to work with you toward creating success for the team, group or organisation.
Even if you are working as a solo-entrepreneur leadership skills are required to work with and inspire associates, create winning relationships with customers and become an influencer in your market.
More about Leadership Skills
A leader seeks to operate from consent, is focused on effectiveness, and builds supportive relationships. Operates from a democratic attitude, looks to revolutionise change, is willing to make decisions, works from a positions of responsibility for their own actions, they look to do the right thing, at the right time for the right reasons, they have increased flexibility and adaptability in their style.
So how can NLP help with your Leadership skills?
For example, ‘respect the other person model of the world’ is a powerful place to come from when communicating as a leader. It doesn’t mean you have to accept their viewpoint but respecting the fact that they have a right to have a different view to you and equal right to express their view has you communicating from a space of respect.
How could taking this on as a belief in your life improve your leadership skills today?
A quick summary of some of the other basics that NLP can offer…
Understanding how your mind operates, being able to control your mind, learning how you do things and how to change things that aren’t getting you the results you want, and having the ability to improve your communication skills, rapport, relationships, negotiation, decision making and sales skills, make NLP a pretty powerful toolkit for Leaders in any industry, organisations or business.
Look out for the launch of my new Leadership programme for entrepreneurs coming up toward the end of the week.
And if NLP ignites your curiosity then sign up for our free resources using the form at the top of the page or check out my website and next NLP Practitioner training at http://www.excellenceaddicts.com I’d love to meet you in person sometime soon (I will shower first!!).