One of the most essential, yet often overlooked necessities of becoming an effective and meaningful leader, is to focus on being open-minded, and thus open to alternative ideas, approaches and techniques.
While nearly everyone in a position of leadership claims he is open-minded, the reality is that far too often, these individuals tend to be someone myopic in approach, viewpoints, and ideas.
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1. Great leaders have always received help and encourage others to contribute ideas and alternatives. Rather than immediately reject approaches for reasons such as: we don't do it that way; it won't work; our organization and constituents won't do that; etc.
2. There's never only one way to do or approach anything! The focus should be on goals and needs, rather than merely on micromanaging or trying to control the way or steps along the way.
3. Leading must never think about you because effectiveness is never just about you! A true leader must "check" his ego at the door, and tried to focus on empathy, so he discusses the needs and desires of their constituents.
4. If you lead, think about why the vision is your vision? What did he do for you and your leadership model? Whether to increase the effectiveness and relevance, and others will be more motivated, or whether it's basically falling flat?
5. Meaningful leadership should focus on priorities. The best model is to prioritize not more than two or three goals at a time, rather than trying to solve all the needs simultaneously.