Are You a Kick-Ass Leader?
There is a deep-rooted misperception of what it means to be a leader. Sadly, many of those who hold leadership positions believe it is a position of authority and somehow equates to treating others as less than. This has always confused and frustrated me as a leadership coach, who believes in leading from the heart.
From my perspective leadership is a privilege and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. A leader should feel a sense of obligation to empower and influence the lives of others in a positive way. The goal is to lead from a place of service and to help individuals achieve their greatest potential. Additionally, there is a responsibility to align people, communicate the vision and influence followers toward a common goal.
Having a title does not equate to leadership. Leadership is demonstrated through words, actions, behaviors, and attitudes. It is how one conducts themselves to align with the organizational culture, supports the team, and believes in the mission of the organization.
I have been on the receiving end of a leader who led with ego and not a position of service or empowerment. They intentionally humiliated me, talked over me in meetings, and was downright mean for no apparent reason or reasons I will never understand. I am not the only person who has received such treatment and it pains me each time I hear stories of such “leadership.” This was not kick-ass leadership, this was just being an a$$.
I scratch my head with curiosity trying to figure out how this style of leadership could make a leader feel good about their influence and why they would believe this approach to leadership would ever inspire and engage their followers. Again, leadership does not equate to a title. Leadership is demonstrated in how you treat others. It is important to remember that your actions as a leader have profound consequences on people’s lives for better or worse and forever.
So, what does it mean to be a kick-ass leader?
Have a Vision!
Though it might be messy sometimes, have a bigger picture in mind and communicates that vision clearly.
Your followers are not psychic make sure your followers know what you are thinking. A kick-ass Leader is clear, concise and you know exactly where you stand.
No F#@*%N Games!
Don’t play games. The kick-ass leader will let you know exactly where they stand, what they are thinking, and what they want. (With kindness and heart).
The kick-ass leader sees the world through a different lens. They stir clear of conventions and are willing to make a U-turn and do things differently.
Part Bulldog and Part Bulldozer!
The kick-ass leader is tenacious and willing to push through obstacles to get to the goal.
The kick-ass leader embraces conflict and risk. They see it as being positive. They do not worry about what other people think or the possibility of failure. Being afraid to try is scarier than not trying at all.
Bring IT on!
The kick-ass leader loves a good challenge and is ready to show others they can (versus can’t).
The kick-ass leader is not above getting their hands dirty. They are always willing to do the hard work to get what they want.
Likes it Loud!
The kick-ass leader loves to get ideas out on the table, kick up the dust, and discover the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Speed it Up!
The kick-ass leader moves fast; they make a plan, they prepare, and they execute. They get $hit done!
Leadership is a privilege not a yielding sense of power. It’s about being of service first and foremost. When you are given the opportunity to lead you have the opportunity to influence the lives of others potentially changing their lives in an impactful way.
Become a kick-ass leader who influences the lives of others in a positive way.
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