“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” -John Maxwell
It is no surprise that one of the topics I am most passionate about is leadership. Being a leader means being willing to continually grow and develop, no matter your age or status. It means truly listening to your team, building strong relationships, and practicing collaboration. This can set the tone within your organization and transform it from the inside out.
This particular blog post is special to me because it gave me the opportunity to reflect back on the many Framework Leadership posts over the years. We will be taking a short break from the Framework Leadership blog, but plan on returning this fall. In the meantime, here’s a collection of my all-time-favorite leadership blogs from the past year:
1. 7 Ways to Increase Your Influence
Influence is part of how God has wired you and enabled you to be part of the solution. When your divine design is fully activated, you will have the capacity to influence others to join you and work. If you want to know who has influence, look to see what change is taking place around them.
2. 5 Myths that Sabotage Great Leaders
Leaders don’t confuse productivity with progress. Rather, they understand results and outcomes are evidence of good habits and great thinking. The best way to do this is to set goals and then track them. Celebrate the progress along the way and not just the outcome.
3. How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them
A leader without goals or a clear vision of what is needed to achieve them is not really a leader. Nothing is more important to a leader than being able to inspire confidence, establish direction, and set priorities for those who are following. Developing your goal-setting skills and habits is perhaps the most important key to unlocking the leadership potential within you.
4. 4 Ways Leaders Can Build Stronger Relationships
The difference between great organizations and mediocre organizations are the people. The potential of any company is found in the capacity of its people, specifically in their ability to work together. Great teams are synergistic in that the people that make up the organization have a more significant overall impact than the sum of their individual parts.
5. Before You Lead, Audit Your Context
While leadership is essential, it also is contextual. Leadership is something that one does with other people at a particular time and in a specific space. At the end of the day, you simply cannot separate leadership from its context. A vision that may bring success to one team, may bring nothing but confusion to another.