The act of leading is more than being the visionary, or acting thoughtfully for others. It is predicated also on how loyal and unconditionally helpful you are to others.
In many ways people cannot follow you if they can’t trust where you’re coming from.
Great ideas are best acted on when others in the room know where you stand with them. Teams stall when they don’t know what to expect from you.
Ways loyalty drives others
- When others feel you truly respect them.
- When you create a clear vision.
- Going out of your way to help.
- Taking interest in what people want to do.
- Being consistent
Servant Leadership, unconditional positive regard, and thoughtful patience are all specific behaviors that can engage your loyalty to others.
Each time you consider the little things with others, you amplify your influence, and enlarge your leadership footprint.
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The idea that we can do more in less time is an alluring idea. Multi-tasking is often the instant fix we crave to deal with the real feelings of being overwhelmed and overcommitted. If we take a deeper look, the feelings we have are more a part of misguided priorities and moving away from better clarity in our lives.
The Multi-tasking Myth: Clarifying your vision and values
Starting out with a clear definition of what you are (your role), and what you want to do (your values), is the beginnings of real clarification.
The reasons we feel we need to multi-task is that others have defined our roles and values, and we have let them.
The reasons multi-tasking doesn’t work is because it isn’t aligned with a clear vision, and tasks are not grouped in a way where energy expended maximizes getting things done.
Creating your Clarity – Learning to Say No
Another reason that clarity is lost, is that reasonable boundaries in our lives and work are not developed.
In order to create more clarity, you have to decide on the reasonable limits needed to really succeed in your roles.
The ‘being everything to everyone’ idea is another example of going down the wrong direction faster.
Developing and Maintaining Real Clarity
- Define who you are and what contributions you want to make.
- Define the ways you want to serve others. Clarity without service, is like having empty goals.
- Reinforce and reflect daily on whether you are staying on track. You know that you’re off track when you’ve fallen into many things that don’t get closure in your life.
- Keep clarity by evaluating things you do. Are you allowing yourself to say no?
Having clarity means we are focused on things that have a defined beginning and end.
Energy is focused, and distractions are minimized.