Would you agree that it’s important to possess humility as a leader? Would you also agree that it’s equally important to possess confidence?
Most of us probably would.
I think we’d also agree that it’s important to inspire while still making important corrections, to assist and guide in decision-making while creating an empowering environment, to possess enthusiasm without being overwhelming, to act courageously without being reckless, to have long-term vision in conjunction with day to day processes. The list could go on and on.
Leadership is an art as opposed to a science. I’m writing this because if you’re like me, sometimes you catch yourself searching for an exact answer, sometimes you’re searching for the “one-size fits all” solution to coaching, parenting, and leading. There isn’t one. Leadership doesn’t have an exact shape or form, it is a constant adaptability to the teams and people in which you lead. It’s the art of knowing and understanding what each situation calls for while remaining true to your core principles.
Sometimes you have to take a step back and listen, other times you have to trust in what you know and believe in.
Sometimes you have to be critical, correct, and push the individuals in which you lead, other times you will have to put your arm around them and show them you love them.
At times you must continue to be a model of the actions you want to see, other times a conversation, meeting, or discussion may have to take place.
The bottom line is this: every good leader likely values principles such as confidence, humility, empowerment, accountability, love, respect, critique, discipline, and modeling. The best leaders, however, have a deep understanding of how each principle intermixes with another. And the beauty of it all is that there isn’t a formula for it, only an art.