Strength many times in the world is believed to be aggressive or domineering. However, history has shown that the way of truth and leadership is compassion, courage, clarity, and positivity.

Have you ever seen people in leadership positions who made you wonder how they got there? I can attest that most times that I do make that observation, they are doing the total opposite of the way of leadership.

I would love to state a few things about leadership in this blog that I hope can help you. We are in a time that will require strong, thoughtful, and impassioned leadership. Let’s explore how to lead well and build communities together.

Set The Right Tone As A Leader

Author and speaker, Brendon Burchard, stated in his book “High-Performance Habits,” that “to become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.”

If you wish to set the right tone as a leader of your team, company, or organization, those six habits can be a great place to begin.

The method of leading should be an example to your team. Who do you look up to and wish to be like? Think of what qualities they possess and how they carry themselves and attempt to replicate that.

For example, my parents as well as mentors such as Les Brown really inspired me to become an entrepreneur and speaker. My parents always supported my business-based efforts even when I was younger. As I grew and started taking speaking engagements, Les Brown was a wonderful help to me.

Learn The Subtle Art of Communication

Stephen R. Covey conveys in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” that a vital habit (#5 in the book) is to “seek first to understand then to be understood.”

Covey would state in that Chapter that, “We typically seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

It is fascinating that listening and understanding others is most times left out of the equation of a communication exercise. Every day we wake up we are involved in some form of communication. Either we’re going to read something, write something or speak. However, we must also take the time to listen.

Empathic listening will allow you to leap in bounds above your peers. If you manage a team or lead a company, imagine how much more instructive it would be to know and understand your members' needs, desires and ambitions. Then you can know how to serve them and build them up to become great people.

Make Decisions Grounded On Sound Thinking And Understanding

Service above self may seem like an odd business statement, but the current scholarship on what makes great leaders who they are, bend towards the servant leadership spectrum.

And if you think about it, you’ll realize it is true. The greatest leaders of our times were never necessarily those who were rich, or powerful. Many were brilliant orators or knew how to manage crises. Some lost their lives in testy struggles or left a legacy for people to follow in a community. Another thing that is always startling is that they tried to make decisions that were based on adequate thought and understanding of what would make the most sense for the common good.

For example, when you think in the last century, you may consider people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mother Teresa. All these magnificent humans served their communities and tried to make drastic changes for the world at large.  

Seek To Develop Yourself

One thing about leaders is that they are solid on learning and developing their skills. It is said that Warren Buffett reads 500 pages per day. This reading to increase his knowledge takes up to 80% of his day. The dedication to him is almost like the compound interest applied to an investment. The more you put in, study, and apply, the more you can get out of life.

Similarly, I’ve attended numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops, especially over the last 20 years. I’ve also networked and have been mentored by various more experienced speakers and marketers.

The knowledge gained from discussions and masterminds can be timely and essential to get you to propel your success faster. If you can’t afford seminars, do the next best thing and watch the content and read the books of people who you wish to emulate. You can only reach the next level with experience. Learning from others decreases your need for trial and error.

Maybe you are looking to become the next thinker or great speaker? Then you have to learn how to be a leader. Following some mentorship and being a form of the captain of your team members will allow you to excel.

Think of becoming exceptional, not just good, or great. That’s where real impact and change in society start to occur.