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Most of us have seen, met, and been inspired by leaders. There are also plenty of people we have come across that thought they were leaders, but possessed none of the qualities, skills, or attributes of a leader. Leadership is always evolving and old methods that used to be thought of as leadership – such as one-man dominance, instilling fear, being authoritative, micromanaging, and sacrificing everyone if the action called for it – is no longer the best leadership style and hardly produces any great leaders.
New leadership inspires, encourages, and calls for the action of multiple people to step up and work as a team together collaboratively and collectively. New leadership seeks out the strengths of people to do specific jobs and puts them – not in positions of power, but in positions of leadership for the common efforts of the entire team. New leadership allows for individuality, ambition, and ideas to prosper. Rather than seeing one individual lead the entire team, everyone on the team leads each other and encourages each other to be the best they can be.
While there are many different types of leaders, this infographic serves as a guide to understanding yourself as a good social leader.
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Social Leaders are:
Default to “yes”
Co-create value and develop excellence
Embrace change by asking, “What if …?”
Solicit views from others
The first to follow, the first to lead
The only path to scale is empowerment
I’ve got it
When celebrating, lead from the back
Open and honest communication
No one of us is as smart as all of us
Social Leaders are not:
Default to “no”
This is how we’ve always done it
Decision making in a vacuum
I’ll do it when I’m told
Micro managing restricts growth
Not my fault
All good ideas are mine
Misleading for self-interest
I’m the smartest one in the room
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.