I attended a powerful leadership conference a few years ago featuring speakers such as Terry Bradshaw, Laura Bush, and General Colin Powell.
Although all of the speakers were amazing, Rudy Giuliani’s comments were the ones that really stuck with me. Not only was he a great speaker, he was a great leader during a tough time in America. Here are some of the highlights of his speech:
1. Know what you believe in.
Manage your beliefs. If you do not know what to believe in, it is very easy to fail. It is important to establish your beliefs early on because they will lead you to the final result. Your beliefs will be your driving force.
2. Be an optimist.
Being optimistic is a mind set. Our natural instinct is to think about and focus on the negatives in life. Remaining optimistic is important in leadership. To keep an optimistic mindset, continually visualize your dreams. You have to dream in order to achieve something great! After the visions and the dreams have started to become clear, it’s important to set goals.
3. Have courage.
This is essential for a successful leader. If you are always doubting yourself (or are afraid of everything), you will not be able to lead effectively.
4. Relentless preparation.
Anything that is important needs critical preparation. It takes relentless preparation. Often, leaders who separate themselves from the pack do so by perspiration- not just inspiration.
5. Understand the value of other people.
A successful leader must understand the value of others. Recognizing your own weaknesses and balancing those out with others is what makes a great team! As leaders, it is easy to become isolated. Great leaders recognize that true success is only achieved through teamwork.
6. Love people
If you do not love others, you are not showing God’s love through your leadership. This will damage your testimony and cause others to disrespect you. A true leader is measured by their heart and their love for others. This ultimately is one of the most important keys to leadership because it is a command that Jesus gives to His followers.
What keys for leadership do you think are important? You can leave a comment here!