In your leadership you can accelerate your effectiveness if you utilize basic tips such as the following:
Stick to Subjects You Know
Do not try to sound like an authority on subjects on which you are not sure. Stay on the track! Stay with those topics you have prepared to talk about and have the background and knowledge to impress your listeners favorably.
Learn To Think Like a Leader
This means being ever on the alert for ideas, quotations, figures, benefits – anything you hear, read, see or think about that might be valuable as ammunition for you. Examples always help to sell your points; keep on the lookout for them.
Prepare – Prepare – Prepare
Supposed leaders who have little worthwhile to say, have been known to resort to tricks and camouflage to make themselves look good! Dropping names, blaming others, using meaningless technical terms, lamenting the shortage of time, quoting mysterious authorities – all these devices have been used.
Successful leaders agree however, that the more you do your homework the less the need for any tricks. Know your material, prepare with care in advance, then you have confidence in your developed and natural leadership traits and skills.
Developing Your Team
Motivating is that leadership skill of developing other people to do a better job.
I read a paragraph several years ago and it stuck in my mind – I’d like to share it with you.
The Pleasure of Walking Tall
“Your security, believe it or not, affects the way you stand, the way you walk, in short, your physical well being and self-confidence. A person without security is always running. They must take the first job offered, or nearly so. They sit nervously on life’s chair because any small emergency throws them into the hands of others. Without security, a person must be too grateful.
Gratitude is a fine thing in its place but a constant state of gratitude is a horrible place in which to live. A person with security can walk tall. They may appraise opportunities in a relaxed way, have time for judicious estimates and not be rushed by economic necessity. A person with security can afford to resign from their job if their principles so dictate.
A person always concerned about necessities, such as food and rent, education for children, can’t afford to think in long range career terms. They must dart to the most immediate opportunity for ready cash. Without security, they will spend a lifetime of darting and dodging. A person with security can afford the wonderful privilege of being generous in family or neighborhood emergencies. They can take a level stare into the eyes of any person – friend, stranger or enemy. It shapes their personality and character”.
The best security you have in this world is you. Your efforts, your leadership and your ability to develop others as leaders.