Everyday leadership begins with a passion and a mission. Ask yourself: “What am I passionate about? How can I turn that passion into a mission?”
Once you identify your passion, seek out opportunities to become involved and engaged with like-minded people.
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Try listening more than you speak. Listen to experts and fellow enthusiasts, including those with whom you disagree. Absorb their perspectives, insights, and experiences.
From listening to others, we can gather valuable insights from both their successes and their failings.
But remember that using your voice as an everyday leader comes with a responsibility.
When sharing your opinion—in-person or via social media—be clear, be concise, and be constructive. That is the best way to be heard.
Humility is what allows an everyday leader to approach their passion and mission from a place of community and in the spirit of making life happier for everyone, regardless of the nature of that endeavor.
An important part of authentic leadership means contributing something new to the discussion at hand.
This doesn’t mean you have to shock and awe, or say something controversial. It means sharing something fresh to further a conversation.
Accept this fact: You are going to fail, many times.
Offer gratitude for each failure and pull lessons from the experience. Use failure to make yourself stronger and then go off in pursuit of other triumphs.
Your smile is the most powerful tool you have for leading yourself and others to a better, happier place every day.
The servant leader concept emphasizes the importance of working for the benefit of the community at large.
This type of leader sees the bigger picture and creates products that improve the quality of life for customers.
Performance humility is admitting that you fall short and make mistakes.
Those who seek negative feedback get better performance reviews. It means that they want to learn, and they put themselves in a stronger position to learn.