Challenging times require leaders who can lead others through the challenges. Now more than ever we need great leadership on athletic teams and in organizations. Good leadership won’t suffice. We need great leadership, and there is a difference.
Good leaders get people to believe in them.
Great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.
Good leaders say “Watch what I can do.”
Great leaders say “Let me show you what you can do.”
Good leaders catch fish for others so they can eat today.
Great leaders teach people how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.
Having worked with and around many leaders throughout the years in professional baseball, I’ve realized that great leadership is really a transfer of belief. Great leaders share their belief, vision, purpose and passion with others and in the process they inspire others to believe, act and make an impact. Great leaders are contagious and they instill confidence and belief in others.
Here is an example:
Great sales managers inspire their sales people to believe in themselves, their product or service.
Great school principals inspire their teachers to believe they can make a difference.
Great teachers inspire and empower their students to believe in themselves.
Great parents inspire their children to dream big and believe in themselves to be the best they can be.
Great coaches inspire their teams to believe they can win.
The people who have changed the world have been those who instilled in others the confidence to step up, serve, take initiative and create positive change. You don’t need a title to be a leader. You just need to lead.
To lead others in a powerful way you must invite them to be a part of the team, share your vision for where you are going as a team, and then encourage, empower and inspire them to lead others. In the process, you have created a team of leaders all moving in the same positive direction.
When you create a team of leaders and empower those team members to lead others, you generate an amazing amount of power and momentum that becomes an unstoppable force. This is what great leadership is all about – INFLUENCE!
Don’t settle for just being a “good” leader – be a “great” leader.
Have a great week!
What does great leadership mean to you?