As news stories about wage theft in the hospitality industry, sex trafficking rings with politicians and royalty hit the headlines, I decided to publish an encouraging article to remind us what good leadership looks like and how we can develop the qualities that great leaders possess.
Celebrity chef George Calombaris’ underpayment of staff wages scandal has been talked about a lot recently. I watched as the 7:30 reporter said that it takes a long time to build a reputation, but we can lose it all in a week. I don’t know George, so I choose not to be judgemental. However, this comment is so true. It takes a very long time to build a reputation of skill and character, and if we don’t decide in advance what our personal brand represents, we can lose everything in a short space of time.
For those of you wanting to be great leaders, as you embark on your unique journey, take time out and make a decision TODAY what your personal brand is and what you want to represent. Preparation is the key to success… prepare today because when opportunities arise it is too late.
I’d like to share five great leadership qualities I’ve learnt from my mentor, John Maxwell:
Take responsibility no matter what price you have to pay. Risk, success, fortune and even life, if necessary, but not integrity. This is the mark of a strong bold and confident person.
John Maxwell says, “Crisis reveals character. Adversity makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Character is more than talk – Action is the real indicator of character. Your character determines who you are. Who you are determines what you see and that in turn determines what you do. People who achieve great heights but lack character to sustain them are destined for one or more of the four A’s: Arrogance, Aloneness, (destructive) Adventure-seeking or Adultery.
To be competent you need to show up everyday, no matter how you feel or how difficult you expect things to be. Keep improving, follow through with excellence, inspire others and accomplish more than others.
“Quality is not an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution – it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – Willa A Forster
Courage is the willingness to take risks, to challenge the status quo and to do what others are afraid to do. When you see an organisation progress significantly, you know the leaders there made some courageous decisions. eg. Steve Jobs.
Martin Luther King Jr declared, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
The heart of servanthood is security. It is not motivated by manipulation or self-promotion. It is fueled by love. Great leaders see the need, seize the opportunity and serve without expecting anything in return.
The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interest and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price. – Eugene B Habecker, Author
Your growth determines who you are. Who you are determines who you attract. Who you attract determines the success of your organisation. If you want to grow your organisation, you have to remain teachable. To improve your teachability: observe how to react to mistakes, try something new to start growing and keep investing (read books/attend courses) in your area of strength.
It is what you learn after you know it all that counts. – John Wooden, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach
Ponder these qualities and try to develop these traits as you pursue your goal to becoming a strong, bold and confident leader. Look for a great role model and ask them to mentor you.