There are four dimensions to human life – the mind, the body, the external world and the inner realm. Within these four pillars of life, we either rise to our full potential or remain ordinary. If you take that same concept and apply it to leadership, within these four pillars of leadership – connect, communicate, educate and delegate, we either rise to our full potential as leaders, or we remain ordinary.
Connect – “To have or establish a rapport. Connect (verb) to join together – to join with or become joined with something else.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Exceptional leaders do connect with others on an emotional level. They understand that their success as a leader begins and ends with their ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds and skill levels together to achieve a common goal.
Communicate – “To convey knowledge of or information about; to cause to pass from one to another.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Exceptional leaders do communicate in a way that others will understand. They understand that If you can’t communicate – you can’t manage or lead others. Exceptional leaders understand that there isn’t a more valuable skill than having the ability to communicate effectively, up, down and across the organization.
Educate – “To train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Exceptional leaders do teach others what they need to know. They understand that we aren’t born knowing what we need to know to complete a task, to reach a goal. Exceptional leaders know that it’s their job to teach others what they need to know.
Delegate – “To entrust to another; to appoint as one’s representative.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Exceptional leaders resist the urge to micro-manage. They understand that If they fail to delegate, they are robbing people of their opportunity to grow. Exceptional leaders know that they need to give up control to get control.
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