We all have leaders who have inspired us to be more or do more than we thought possible. When you think about effective leaders in your life, what characteristics do you think contributed to their leadership ability? Whether you are an executive member, a regional supervisor or site level supervisor of your property management company your success depends on your ability to lead.
Being an effective leader starts with you and everyday you are doing something that is either moving towards your goals or driving you further away. What does it take to be an effective leader? Interestingly enough, the four keys to leadership development start with preparing yourself.
Four Keys to Leadership Development
It starts in your head. Get in the game and make sure you are learning something new about your passions every day. Learn one new fact, read a chapter in a book or tune into a show about history or science. Do you have a mentor? Someone who can hold you accountable, a sounding board to share ideas? Have time in your schedule for dreaming, planning, and preparation? Nothing worth having happens by chance. If it is worth having, you are going to have to work for it!
Am I passionate and excited about what I believe? Do I get sidetracked easily, anger quickly? Do these issues come from not managing my emotions? Am I unbiased and kind to others? Take a step back and consider the way that you respond to positive, negative and unexpected situations. Look for ways to better manage your emotions.
Make time every day to improve your physical wellbeing. We have one body, like it or not! Your body wants your attention, and it will get your attention one way or the other. Make time to exercise. You do not have to run a marathon, lead the class or lift the most weight. Increasing your physical activity can start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the building or mowing the lawn yourself. Wellness depends on taking care of yourself. Do you get enough sleep and eat healthy foods?
Do you take the time to address your morals and values. Do you create opportunities to confirm your beliefs and values by taking action? Before you tune out, taking care of your spiritual condition does not necessarily refer to organized religion. Refreshment for your soul can be spending time volunteering at your local shelter, giving funds to a charitable cause or mentoring a young person.
This article was originally published March 18, 2015 by Audrey Wall on the ResMan Blog.