How do you define leadership in a nutshell? Is your definition of leadership about what you do? Or, what you are?
Here is my personal leadership mnemonic …
L E A D E R S H I P.
a system such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations which assists in remembering something.
Leadership In a Nutshell
L for listening. Listen to people. Listen to your employees. Listen for the good and the bad. If you don’t listen, “Yer know nothin’.”
E for example. If you want to inspire others to do something then it has to be a part of your life. You must lead by example.
A for awareness. Seeing what’s around you is important. But situational awareness—understanding the bigger picture—is even more significant since it leads to better decision-making. And a self-awareness means we make sure there is harmony between what we say and do.
D for development. Develop your leadership ability and develop your team.
E for excellence. Strive for excellence. Encouraging effort is about aiming for excellence and this means always doing and giving one’s best.
R for resilience. Leaders must learn to take knocks and get up again and again. Resilience is not giving up.
S for surround. Surround yourself with high quality employees. The leader is only as good as the team. But the high performance team is greater than the sum of its parts.
H for humility. Leaders should develop the positive aspects of their personality. Humility is a strength. It is accepting the other way is better.
I for innovation. Innovation can be as simple as showing people how to lead themselves to their own solutions and stepping out of the way.
P for purpose. People are motivated if they have purpose. The leader’s vision helps employees to see their purpose in the workplace.
What is your personal leadership mnemonic?
Can you describe leadership in a nutshell?
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