Manufacture Your Day by KNOWING THAT YOU DON’T NEED A TITLE TO BE A LEADER
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians, landed immigrants and people who choose to honour this special day.
Canada Day, formerly (until 1982) Dominion Day, is the national holiday of Canada. Big celebrations won’t be in order this year but it could be a good day to remind yourself what kind of citizen you would like to be.
Today I would like to remind you that how we show up in life matters. It matters a lot. Most people may not think about it this way but demonstrating leadership is necessary for any person in almost every walk of life.
How amazing would it be if people would start understanding that anyone can make a positive difference based on their approach to life.
Would people become more aware about their own attitude?
What if we would hear less whining and complaining?
Could it be that people would start to care more?
Here are 2 books that I can highly recommend:
- “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference” by Mark Sanborn
- “The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life.” by Robin Sharma
I have heard about the concept that you don’t need a title to be leader for the first time through Mark Sanborn‘s book in 2007.
I meet so many people who are hungry for a big title, significance, power and status. They validate themselves by what other people think about them.
I have met many leaders in the manufacturing industry – some have influenced people for the better and others have influenced people for the worse.
Truth to be told, I have spoken to machine operators who have fabulous leadership skills and I have interacted with Managers at all levels who will never be leaders because they simply don’t get the concept of leadership.
Leadership = Influence!
If you understand people’s desires and fears, you have the ability to emotionally move them and create a win-win situations.
People aren’t stupid. They know if someone is sincere or when they are manipulated.
Manipulation is what happens when you influence someone to do something for your own ulterior motive.
It is never about the title. The title gives only authority. That’s it. Simply ask yourself: “Would people truly follow my lead if I wouldn’t have a title?”
Leadership is about having a good character and being able to look in the mirror when you go to bed in the evening. It is character building when you have to deal with situations that test your patience, courage and endurance over and over again.
Here are a few simple ways to demonstrate Leadership:
- Say “hello, please and thank you.”
- Stay calm when you feel like screaming.
- Demonstrate respect at all times.
- Listen without interrupting people.
- Hold the door open for the person behind you when you enter a coffee shop.
- Inspire others because they see you leading by example.
- Show your children “how to be” (i.e. kind, patient, helpful) rather than telling them “what to do”.
- Return your shopping cart.
- Leave the toilet as clean as you found it.
- Let another driver into your lane.
- Smile at the person next to you.
Leadership is about leading by example. That’s how you create a ripple effect.
A national holiday could potentially be a good reminder for that.
Food for Thought:
How could you improve yourself to lead by example?