One of the traits of good leaders is the support they give to those around them, at home, at work, and in their community. They help others grow because they have a sphere of influence that marks their leadership. These leaders contribute to others in two key ways. They lead by the example in how they live and they lead through their communication and conversations with those in their circle of influence.
This is in stark contrast to the two harsh methods that some embrace: leading through criticism and comparison. They criticize, thinking their complaining will actually change behavior. It doesn’t because the criticism focuses on what you don’t want to happen, rather than what you want. These same leaders compare peoples’ actions to others and drive a wedge between them. Everyone is unique and should never be compared to anyone else.
Leaders need to respect the relationships they have with others around them. They need to understand the impact that their example and communication has on others and how it reflects back to them. This can be devastating on the very people they seek to lead.
If you’re a leader, look in the mirror and decide if your relationship with others is what you want it to be. If not, you now have some tools to figure it out.
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