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If You’re a Leader, You Have to Commit.

February 1, 2014

Daily Read- If You’re a Leader, You Have to Commit.

What commitments are you making when you take on a leadership role? Your answer may determine how effective you really are. See the difference between those who show up every day very clear on what it means to be a leader, and others who are going through the motion. It all comes down to these four commitments:

1. Leadership is a decision. You have to really define who you are as a leader, not just an individual contributor to the organization. Real leaders accept responsibility as the heads of their teams, and they’re always working to do things better.

2. Leadership is an obligation. Once you’ve made that deliberate decision to be a leader, you must accept that the expectations are higher for you than for everyone else in your organization; this includes holding to a higher standard of behavior than you might expect from those around you.

3. Leadership is hard work. Leadership is hard and getting harder. When you’re running a business, there are a lot of great things that have to get done, and also some hard things; being a leader means you can’t avoid these difficult tasks and issues

4. Leadership takes a community.  This is an especially important commitment for small business owners, who often fall into feeling isolated in their positions. You have to build a sense of community within your company, with bedrock relationships and people who can act as your advisors. And you must nurture other leaders within your organization, and hold them to the same four commitments.

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