In The 360-Degree Leader, John C. Maxwell notes that most leadership comes from within an organization, not from the top.
Everyone can influence others up, down, and across the organization, especially those in the middle.
It is a matter of perspective. For instance,
When we realize that influence, or power, comes from the choices we make and not position, we better appreciate the importance of leadership.
Everyone in the organization has ability to influence.
Maxwell addresses a number of challenges. For the majority of us who are not at the top, he suggests that you might be in a great place where you are, assuming you buy in to the company vision and believe in the leader. Some observations from The 360-Degree Leader consistent with this website include:
Maxwell also addresses fulfillment, suggesting that we view winning in terms of teamwork and that we place team needs above personal success.
Maxwell also debunks several leadership myths from the practical perspective that employees should not feel entitled. Instead, we need to earn our position based on experience and demonstrated performance.
If leadership is about the ability to influence, employee responsibility increases as your performance demonstrates that you are capable of more. Over time, authority and the implied responsibility that goes along with it increases.
Other important nuggets from The 360-Degree Leader include:
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An organization that instills concepts of team roles stays well ahead of the competition.
If you believe you can influence others from anywhere within your organization, you can develop leadership skills and have an impact. Be someone who adds value and makes positive change and influence by helping others!
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Employee empowerment is a part of what makes a good leader. It improves employee motivation, contributes to creating a positive work environment, and teaches others how to be a leader.
An employee training development program involves setting and achieving goals.
Do not underestimate employee responsibility and your ability to influence.
Managing employee conflict involves keeping employees motivated within a positive workplace environment.Motivating employees is another key element of leadership. A good leader treats others as they would want to be treated.