John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, may have provided the most accurate description of leadership when he said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
I like this quote because I think Adams captured the true essence of leadership. Leadership is all about making others’ lives better. This is what makes leadership so awesome and so powerful. As leaders, we have the ability to change lives. Too often, though, it seems leaders become consumed by their own power and forget that leadership is about others. This John Quincy Adams quote reminds us that leadership is about motivating others and inspiring and helping them to achieve their goals and dreams.
Take some time this week to think about your interactions with the members of your team. Do your actions inspire them to dream more? Do you encourage them to learn more? Do you motivate them to do more and to become more? If not, you may be a great manager, but you may not be leading. To become a leader, you must inspire others. When you inspire, you create a deep desire for others to act. This week, make sure you are leading. Inspire others “to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.” I’m guessing you’ll get great satisfaction from seeing those on your team succeed. You’ll get great satisfaction from being a leader who helps others achieve their dreams.
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