Yesterday, we looked at the requirements of leaders. To create legendary status as a leader, there are three key steps that go beyond the ‘good’ and become legendary:-
1. Deliver Results
Legendary leaders go beyond delivering for the short-term, vitally important though that is – especially in the climate of right now.
Focus on results for today is simply not enough to get your legendary badge. You have to go further.
Legends are constantly considering the needs to be even better in the future. To develop their people through challenge and support that encourages risk-taking for employees – but in an environment where they feel safe enough to give it a go.
Results for today are who we have become as a society – as good leaders – the greatest and the legends do more to focus on the today – and the tomorrow.
2. Create Relationships
Legendary leaders are well thought of by their people. Indeed they are memorable and would often feature on that most famous of lists – three people who have been the biggest influences in your life.
They don’t really need to work at it – except perhaps at first – because it’s something they do naturally. Building relationships is about being out there with your people. Talking with them and much more importantly, listening to them and valuing them because of that.
Relationships are also about fairness, equality, trust, rapport, keeping promises and more. Relationships are that togetherness where each would – and will – go the extra mile. Leader and employee – together.
3. Vision for the Future
Legends come from having a motivation and drive that is irresistible. An ability – a charisma – where their people can’t help but come along with them.
To get there requires inspiration and the skill to see the possibilities and share that energy with your people. When you dream for yourself, you sense that it’s possible. When you dream together, it IS possible.
Having a vision is a great idea. Co-creating a vision together with your people is unexpected and unbelievable – they will love you for it.
Being a leadership legend is simply an amazing opportunity not only to deliver the results you want, but also to do that with purpose. The purpose of being with your people on their journey too.