Three quotes every first-time leader should know

Leadership as a term is one that is difficult to define; however, describing a good leader might be even harder. Indra Nooyi said, “…if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a good leader.”

As a first-time leader, starting might feel a little overwhelming as it is an unusual territory. On the other hand, it could also be focused on self-importance and not on motivating others. There are certain stages and realisations an individual must reach to understand the importance of real leadership. These three quotes every first-time leader should know.

1.Leaders are Courageous

According to Winston Churchill, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Good leaders are not afraid to face up to their mistakes. They take full ownership and responsibility for their actions and are ready to deal with it. They know they don’t have all the answers and are prepared to be vulnerable.

They are risk takers and know what is at stake. Leaders are always ready to make tough decisions and deliver the not-so-good news, even when you don’t want to hear it.

2. Leaders are constant learners

In John F. Kennedy’s words, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

Leaders are always growing and reaching to improve the way they lead. They know that learning never ends and as a result never stop. Leaders recognise that the more knowledge they have, the more creative they can be.

They know that the power of education is one of the best ways to overcome whatever obstacles come their way. Great leaders are always striving to know more and will seek input and advise from the people they lead. They surround themselves with people who have the skills, knowledge and experiences that they don’t have, and it is these people that great leaders call on for advice and guidance.

3. Leaders are Excellent Communicators

As John Maxwell said, “Great communication depends on two simple skills—context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience can understand.”

Leaders motivate and inspire people through excellent communication. Leaders also understand that communication is a two-way process and they will always seek feedback and clarification from people to ensure that everyone understands what is being communicated and what the leader is asking of them. This two-way process of communication also allows people to feel that they have been heard and their contribution is of value to the overall goal.

Take these three leadership quotes to heart and use them as the foundation blocks from which you can launch yourself from being a First Time Leader to becoming A Great Leader. Leaders are human beings, but they are also brave and mature enough to realise that someone has to get the job done.

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