One thing that I have noticed is that people are always seeking out that mentor, that powerful person who will lead them to accomplish great things. This is what we do because the world is a scary place, and having someone by your side, offering advice and encouragement, can go a long way. There comes a time when a transition must take place. Success is measured differently by everyone, and while you may still need guidance to rise to the top, there are always ways to inspire those left behind. By taking the world by storm and embracing your inner strength and passion, you are enabling others to do the same. It is like a domino effect. While not everyone will jump on the plane to soar to new heights, there are a few who will, and you can be an inspiration to help them to do this.
Plenty of people follow their dreams and become successful without a thought to how they can help others, but this can change. Every person who chooses to empower others automatically encourages those individuals to do the same as they rise in the ranks. It is crucial to recognize that there is potential in everyone, but not everyone has the drive and determination to channel their potential. This is why only a select few will listen and follow your lead. Perhaps only one or two out of a room of 100 will take initiative. This does not mean you have failed, it means those who have excelled, were ready to, and the others are still finding their way.
How can you empower others?
1. Believe in yourself and be confident, not cocky. If you can be a strong leader, you will automatically encourage others to be the same.
2. Recognize that other people are not you. No one will take the exact same path you did, and if you expect others to do what you did, you will always be disappointed.
3. One of the greatest skills a leader can have is the ability to listen. If you become a mentor or have people working under you, you need to truly understand who they are, how they work, and what they believe. You will be amazed at what you learn about others and how this can improve your approach.
4. Take the extra time to teach others. You can be a leader, but if you do not teach others so they too can be successful, you are not a very good leader. You should always find a way to help others to grow.
5. Be likeable. Charisma is a powerful force in a great leader. If people do not like you, they will not follow you. You should relay anecdotes and show others your humanity.
6. Realize who your audience is and how they learn. If you show you truly care, they will also care about you and what you have to teach them.
7. Be a good influence. Make decisions based on your integrity and values. Be someone others can rely on, and you will empower others to do the same, even when the decisions are difficult.
8. Be willing to accept criticism. A great leader knows they have faults, and accepts responsibility for them. If you know what your faults are, you can change them. This instills a higher level of respect for you as well.
9. Help others to see their strengths and improve their faults. If you focus only on the faults, you will not empower others, you will make them less confident. Also, have a plan to help others improve their faults, and maintain positivity about them.
10. Realize that you cannot change everyone or empower everyone, but when you truly care about others, and do the best you can in your leadership roles, you can change at least one life, and that is truly extraordinary.