Intundla offers one of the best Team Building Venues in Gauteng. The proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria makes it ideal, but because of where the Game Lodge is situated, there are also no distractions. This is an ideal environment to come and build your Team. We take a look at what makes a great Leader and how to get there.
The first thing we learn about Leadership is that it is not a noun but a verb. There are 5 different levels of leadership that we go through to become great leaders, and it is up to you depending on how hard you work at it.
1. Positional level
The first level of leadership is the positional level, where you’ve been given a position of leadership, like most entry level management positions. The upside of this level is that it is here that you can start defining your leadership style, learn more about yourself and start shaping into the leader that you can become. The downside of this level is that your followers will give you the least of their energy, effort, time and enthusiasm. They do this because they HAVE to follow you. An example of this would be that your employees show up late, and without much gusto. The good news is that you don’t have to stay at this level and can move on from this level as fast as you can.
2. Permission level
Here the key is the relationship and people start following you because they want to. You have already made a connection with people and they genuinely like you.
John Maxwell – “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Isn’t it odd how you sometimes find people in leadership positions and they are really not nice people, and people really don’t like them? If you’ve had to follow someone that you didn’t like, would you say that you’ve given this leader the best of you?
This doesn’t mean that everyone must like you. Never trade your values and beliefs so that everyone likes you. There still is a difference between being liked and being followed.
Why are Relationships so important in leadership? Because leadership is influence.
There are 3 things that you can do to build better relationships with people:
Listen to people – and a true listener listens with the goal of understanding.
Observe people – know where people are and what people are doing.
Continue Learning – never think you know everything and always be open to learn from others, even the people who are following you.
Do all of this with an Attitude of servant hood, in other words be willing and ready to help and serve others. If you want to grow as a leader and also as a team, you have to cultivate an attitude of happily serving others.
3. Production level
The key here is that leaders at this level are effective by example and are able to get people to follow their example. Because people do what people see. This is where you start getting credibility because you are modelling to people what you are telling them to do. You will now also start attracting other people that are like you, because people don’t attract people that they want to attract, but they attract people who are what they are. This is where your following will start to gain momentum. And as you’ve seen in the video momentum is what you want.
4. People development level
When you realise how important other people are and especially the people that follow you, something magical will happen. Learning to recognise other people’s strengths is a great asset for any leader.
Have you ever heard any successful person say that they don’t know what they are good at?
Successful people discover what they are good at, successful leaders discover what other people are good at. Find out what people are good at and then help them to develop that more. Be open to working with people and always be prepared to listen to their ideas. Take their hands and equip them.
You can Equip people in 5 steps:
1. I do it, and you watch.
2. I do it with you and you can see and ask questions.
3. You do it and I’m with you, helping and guiding.
4. You do it on your own, because you now know how.
Then there is one last, but very important step
5. You do it with someone else.
And this is how the momentum gets even bigger.
5. Pinnacle level
This is the ultimate level and we all want to be here. The keyword here is RESPECT. People follow you because of what you’ve done, who you are and they really respect you for what you stand for. For some people it might take a lifetime before they get here.
Just a final thought. Unity is Important. Make sure you create and maintain unity in your Team. Talk about issues as and when they come up. And do fun things with your team that will strengthen your unity, like TEAMBUILDING at INTUNDLA.
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