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How can I be a Better Leader

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Posted 13 January 2014 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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How can I be a better leader?

People who attend our leadership courses are coming with the intention of gaining answers to one important question: How can I become a better leader.

One false theory about leadership is that, "leaders are born, not made". This implies that there is a gene for leadership, which is encoded into some peoples DNA, and not into others.

Another false theory is that Leadership is as a result of a divine gift from the Gods, and that some people have been favoured, given grace and leadership skills. Religionists call it "the divine right of kings". This implies that "you've either got it, or you ain't!"

The truth is that, your complex adult behaviours are "learned behaviour patterns". And leadership is a complex adult behaviour. Therefore leadership is a learned behaviour.

And if it is a learned behaviour, you can learn it.

If you want to improve your leadership skills, you can, if you are prepared to learn what the behaviours common to all great leaders are.
In fact, you have a twin task:

  1. To learn what are the behaviours common to all great leaders, and apply those behaviours to yourself.
  2. To learn what are the behaviours that are common to all non-leaders, and to remove them off your to do list.

For example: let us look at two examples of each.

Two behaviours common to all great leaders to be understood and applied to yourself.

1. High ambition

All great leaders have a definite high ambition; some important mission that they want, no, need to see fulfilled. If you think of all leaders, you will soon see they are definite in their high ambition.


Did Nelson Mandela have a definite high ambition? Yes.
Did Napoleon have a definite high ambition? Yes.
Did Walt Disney have a definite high ambition? Yes.

What about, George Washington, Winston Churchill, Cesar, Margaret Thatcher.
Yes. Yes. Yes, and Yes.

All great leaders have the same trait. It is not a genetic trait. It is a personal decision.

So, if you want to be a better leader the first place to start is to evolve a mental attitude of high ambition. Without high ambition, you won't lead anyone anywhere.

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2. All great leaders' believe that they can win, even against the odds

If you look carefully, you will notice something the same about all great leaders. They have a supernatural level of self-confidence and self-belief; which feeds their souls, and gives them strength and motivation to keep on persisting, even when things are tough.

Great leaders never give in.

All great leaders have a will to continue.

Examples. Winston Churchill. "Never give in! Never. Never. Never. Never. In nothing great or small, large or petty; ....... Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

Margaret Thatcher: "To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the 'U-turn', I have only one thing to say: 'You turn if you want to, The lady is not for turning.'

All great leaders have the same trait. It is not a genetic trait. It is a personal decision.

So, if you want to be a better leader one place you might start is to evolve a mental attitude of determination to never give in.

Here are two behaviours that are common to all non-leaders. Your job is to notice any of these elements in your own character, and if they are there, then to remove them off your "to do list".

Non leaders think that they can't win. You hear non-leaders say such things as the following:

  1. Expect the worst, and then you won't ever be disappointed
  2. It's not what you know, it's who you know
  3. I'm not being negative, I'm being realistic
  4. Don't get your hopes up
  5. It will never work
  6. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong
  7. The time is not right yet. Let's wait until conditions improve before we start
  8. That's just my luck that is!

Leaders don't say these things. They won't even allow themselves to think it! Yet alone say it.

Leaders would most likely reverse this mental trend and instead they would say:

  • You should always expect the best
  • Nobody can stop us
  • If I'm being realistic, then I think we can win
  • Keep your hopes up
  • I know it can work
  • If something can go right, eventually it must go right
  • The conditions will never be perfect so we may as well start now
  • I've always been lucky!

All great leaders have the same trait. It is not a genetic trait. It is a personal decision.

So if you want to be a better leader one place you might start is to evolve a mental attitude of keeping your hopes up.

Non leaders have no personal initiative: many non-leaders are lazy

This is common to all non-leaders. You hear non-leaders say;

  • The situation is terrible. Someone should do something!
  • They don't pay me enough to do that
  • I work to live, not live to work
  • If only I could get rich, then I would never have to work again
  • I can't wait till Friday
  • Oh no! Not another Monday
  • I told them, I'm not doing it. That's not my job

The principle of least effort, (laziness) and the lack of personal initiative, (laziness) is a common trait amongst non-leaders. All leaders are keen to work, because they understand that there can be no effect without a cause.

Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes:

Remember that, when you are goofing off, and neglecting your training, someone out there at the same time is working hard, and he is becoming stronger than you are; someone out there is studying and is getting smarter than you are, remember that!

I've always figured out that there is 24 hours a day, you sleep 6 hours. That means you have 18 hours left. I know that some of you out there answer: 'Wait a minute; I sleep 8 or 9 hours'.

Well, if you are sleeping 8 or 9 hours a day, then I recommend that you sleep faster.

If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.

Thank you.

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