Geoff Snyder is the founder of Freedom to Think and Dream Big, a blog dedicated to a leadership and team collaboration project. When he began his blog, he was searching for like-minded leaders who share the same vision as he does with business ethics, new world education systems, creative and innovative uniqueness, and overall team platformed collaboration for continual personal development. Continue the conversation with Geoff, tweet with him, too.
As we continue to explore reviving your leadership and thriving in 2011, Geoff highlights four areas for you to consider to make next year YOUR year.
Relationships are built on two things: time and trust. This formula applies in both our personal lives and business lives. Each action that we perform in a relationship will either build it up or break it down. We need to be mindful of everything we do. The more we show that we’re willing to invest in a relationship, the more meaningful it will become. As it seems to be a constant refrain in corporate America concerning positive feedback: nobody receives enough of it until it’s too late. Managers are frequently finding more faults with their employees and are letting them hear about it before they would ever praise a job well done. Leadership author John Maxwell, summed it up when he said, “Most people’s natural inclination is to judge themselves according to their best qualities while they measure others by their worst.” It is important to remember to always ask others around you how you are doing in order to grow and develop. When you ask those around you how you are doing, keep in mind they are only telling you something to help you improve. Constructive criticism is one of the best ways we can learn as long as we are willing to accept what is being said.
o Define – what it is that you want. Adopt a definite goal to be attained including your purpose, listing items you will need for its attainment.
o Learn – from those who have what you defined as what you want. Pay close attention to the mistakes they have made, reach out to them, seeking any insight they may provide you along the way.
o Do – what it is that you’ve defined and what you’ve learned, as for the simple action of these will put you in place for your goal set.
When we are in motion to move forward with others, we must remember to push those who are ahead of us, further – and to pull those behind us so they can replace our spot. Otherwise the standstill will be just that… a standstill.
A good leader is always a product of a good follower. A leader’s job is all about providing results. You do that by building your team, individual ability, upon individual ability. Leading by example is a simple as it can be put; one must always guide those around us to instill a common belief. A good leader can always get a group of people excited for something that he or she truly believes in, instilling those beliefs onto their followers. Be the change that you want to see, not just by telling others but by showing them. The leader that takes that extra step and works alongside their organization will gain respect, thus allowing for change to take place.
We’ve all heard the phrase “live for the journey, not the destination.” We learn from those we meet along the way and when we get to know people as just… people; the experience and benefit we get from building these sincere friendships, IS the benefit. Anything that spawns from them usually starts to happen two to three years later and then continues to grow from there. With that, we cannot even begin to imagine the experiences that are then paved for us – or what the future holds for us when we build genuine relationships. When we help others achieve their goals and share what we’ve gained with those who’ve helped achieve our successes, we cultivate future experiences. Being passionate about our meaningful core values… opposed to being so focused on what materializes is what’s important. People want to create movements, movements that we can all experience… together.