Alan Seale, who was one of my trainers in ICA, in his book, The Manifestation Wheel, points out that there are three fundamental phases in becoming a leader: These are:
1) Following a leader
2) Becoming a leader of your own life (self leadership) and,
3) Leading others
Likewise, being a true leader, a good leader and a leader for good involves the below listed attributes:
1) Having a clear vision.
Coaching tip: bring your awareness into a goal you wish to realise and try to work out the answers to the following questions:
– What do you see possible for that goal?
– How can you communicate the importance of the vision being manifested?
2) Building bridges between people and ideas
coaching tip: – Who could support better the vision of that idea?
– How could you deal with an imminent conflict or challenge?
3) Empowering everyone to be the best they can be, illustrating their merits and helping see how they can develop skills and qualities that seem to be weak.
4) Inspiring and motivating others so as to maintain a momentum
Coaching tip: – how often do you acknowledge others for their performance?
– How can you celebrate your own or others wins?
– Are you well known for your enthusiasm at work?
5) Having a personal commitment to movement and action.
Coaching tip: – How would you like to be seen by others as a leader?
– Do you set standards for your own behaviour?
– How can you model the skills and the behaviour you want your team to display?
– How do you demonstrate that you are a responsible person?
6) Creating and honouring your personal needs and boundaries.
Coaching tip: – How can you honour your personal space, needs and desires?
– How can you communicate that?
7) Making sure you are always acting with integrity and compassion, holding everyone in their greatest light.
Coaching tip: – How does your integrity show up in your relationship with others?
– Are there any places where you lack integrity?
– What changes do you need to make in order to regain it?
‘As with everything else in life leadership is something you have to learn. Thus, people grow as leaders by the actual practice of leading. There is no substitute for experience (John Adair)’.
If you need any kind of support in addressing any of the above listed questions I would be happy to serve you.
Dimos Kyritsis, ACC, MA
1. Adair, J. (2010) Develop your leadership skills. London, Koganpage
2. Seale, A. (2008) The Manifestation Wheel. San Francisco, WeiserBooks.