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A Leader’s Perspective

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A Leader’s Perspective

“Great leadership is a mindset.
It’s not just about getting the job done; it’s about how you get it done.”
– Michelle Pizer, host of Cracking the Leadership Code

There is only so far “how to” advice will get you as a leader. Until you start to think like a leader, your actions will likely not pass for acts of leadership.

Without the right mindset, attempts to lead can even occur like you are trying to control, coerce, or manipulate people rather than actually lead them. Position, power, and authority may get people to follow you, but it’s because they have to and not because they choose to.

What does a leader’s mindset actually look like?

Here are 3 of the fundamental perspectives of an effective leader:

The success of every conversation and interaction is MY responsibility.

Leaders take personal responsibility very seriously and apply personal responsibility to their relationships. They pay attention to the impact they have on others. If their message doesn’t get across they find another way to get through. They know that ultimately the success (or failure) of every conversation and interaction is up to them, if they are truly committed to making a difference for others and cultivating relationships that work.

Our future is up to me!

Leaders take the future personally. They know that, to lead others, they must demonstrate personal ownership of the future. It’s not about acting alone or thinking the future rests entirely on their shoulders. In fact, leaders recognize success requires that they enroll others in owning the future with them. To do that, they must be taking decisive action and making choices in realizing that future moment by moment.

I speak and act in integrity with my personal code of ethics.

A leader’s personal code of ethics – the principles and practices that they choose to use as a guide for their behavior – is their foundation. Leaders know that. to face the inevitable challenges of realizing a vision, they must always have a strong and consistent place to stand, especially when the going gets tough. They also recognize that trust can only be built when they demonstrate consistency in walking their talk and honoring their commitments.

The great news is that you can choose to adopt one or all of these perspectives regardless of your position or title, or even your experience as a leader or lack thereof.

In fact, in any moment you can choose to act from one of these perspectives and commit an act of leadership. tweet this

With enough practice, those consciously chosen actions will reinforce the perspective until it becomes part of who you are in thought and deed.

The best way to develop you as a leader is through practice. These 3 perspectives can be used as a potent framework for generating acts of leadership each and every day.

What act of leadership will you commit today? Game on!

A Special Invitation: Join me and 20 other top leadership experts from around the world for a special FREE Telesummit — Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference — hosted by Dr. Michelle Pizer.

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Carl   |   03 July 2014   |   Reply

Excellent post Susan, and your opening quote from Pfizer reminded me that it is so easy to get caught up in the pragmatics of leadership and forget that the ‘how’ is the most important thing.

Thank you for sharing,
Best regards,
Carl
@SparktheAction

Susan Mazza   |   03 July 2014   |   Reply

Exactly Carl! I am really looking forward to the telesummit as both a presenter and a participant because of the focus on the pragmatics of leading.

Paul Sohn   |   05 July 2014   |   Reply

I appreciate your post Susan. I’ve seen that best leaders see everything from the lens of leadership. The more we cultivate our mindset of leadership, the more we find instances of how to be a leader in our every day circumstances.

Thanks a lot!

Paul
http://www.paulsohn.org
Leadership Blogger

Susan Mazza   |   06 July 2014   |   Reply

Thank you Paul. I’ve found for those who are learning to lead it is helpful to reveal the lens as for some it is natural and for others it is a mystery. Thanks for stopping by!

Chery Gegelman   |   09 July 2014   |   Reply

Susan – I could not agree more. Leadership is not about me. But it is up to me to model the behavior I’d like to see in others!