People will not follow you just because you have a position or a title. Leadership must be EARNED and that comes from INFLUENCE.
The way you grow your influence is to make the lives of the people you lead better…add value! Adding value needs to be a life style, not just a philosophy. Delivering value as a leader does not involve criticizing, blaming, and belittling. It is focused on uplifting and enriching your people to dream bigger and accomplish their goals.
“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. “ John Maxwell
Three questions every follower asks of a leader, even if the words are never spoken:
- Do you care for me?
- Can you help me?
- Can I trust you?
If your followers believe that you care for them, that you can help them and that they can trust you, they will follow you!
Now, ask yourself these questions:
- How can I be more intentional about adding value to my followers?
- How can I help my followers experience more success?
- Am I making things better for the people that follow me?
- Am I currently leaning on or lifting my followers?
Not only do you have to have a goal as a leader of serving others, you have to keep growing as a leader in order to keep giving followers what they need. You cannot give what you do not have.