The Abundant Leader: 9 Mindset Principles You Should Know
A good leader is an example to her teammates, colleagues and employees. She empowers them, challenges them and makes them progress in their skills and careers.
The days of the lone, egotistical wolf at the top of the heap are over. A good leader has an abundance mindset: she does not argue over the pie, she enlarges it.
We have compiled 9 mindset principles of abundant leaders to help you focus on what is important (and distinguish that from the noise) on your way to becoming an effective and respected leader:
1. Deliver results and be visible
When it comes to advancing in your career, make sure two things happen:
First, deliver results. Whether you are employed at a tech company, as a high school teacher or an academic researcher, deliver excellence. Results matter to your clients, customers, colleagues and constituents so give them the satisfaction.
Second, when you do good make sure people know it. Find ways to tastefully talk about your work so people know that you are good at what you do and are compelled to continue working with you as a result.
2. Help your people thrive
As a good leader you take the success of your organization and employees to heart. Both are absolutely vital.
The former to continuously deliver high-quality results that further the organization’s vision and goals. The latter to ensure you have capable minds that are motivated to get the job done.
Many new leaders spend a significant amount of their time finding the right people, training, empowering and retaining them. This is not in vain.
Understanding how to best use individual employee talent is key to delivering success for the organization at large.
3. Know what drives satisfaction
To be satisfied in your career, you should make the best of your work situation. Remember you are spending 8-14 hours a day in this job which amounts to almost half of your life.
How frustrating it must be for anyone who is spending this much time in a job they don’t like. It is quite literally a waste of time.
Good for you if this does not apply, but odds are it does to you or someone you work with with.
Knowing what increases work satisfaction will not only help you like your job more, but will empower you to create a more enjoyable environment for your colleagues and employees.
Perhaps it’s simply feeling useful or receiving a bit of recognition? Or maybe it’s financial incentive and other tangible rewards?
Whatever it is, a good leader knows what motivates himself and his people. So get to the root of what makes you your team tick so you can leverage that knowledge to achieve results.
4. Be competent and empowering
A good leader is also a good boss. For you to be exemplary and have your colleagues and employees look up to you, your conduct must be at least acceptable and at best inspiring.
First, people are more likely to accept you as a a leader when they view you as being highly competent. It’s difficult to follow someone who you don’t think is smart.
Second, to go next level, an empowering leader creates a positive, ethical and inspiring environment. People are more motivated when they deem their leader as being trustworthy, fair and genuinely concerned their success.
5. Understand the big picture
As a leader in your organization people look to you to provide direction but in order to do that you must have a vision and know what needs to be done to achieve it.
Staying ahead of the game by staying informed, reading business intelligence and specialist journals, attending industry fairs and conferences, talking to people, including your customers, your bosses, your competitors, people on the street. With this bigger picture in mind, you may actually have a good idea of where your company's journey is heading and where possible steer it in the right direction.
6. Make yourself indispensable
Have you ever wondered why some people find themselves in leadership positions when it seems they are an unlikely or unqualified choice?
It could be because they exploited a powerful trick: be absolutely necessary.
Whether technical expertise, industry knowledge or client connections, to rise up the ranks you must have something the company needs and can’t easily get from someone else.
It’s not enough to be smart or nice. It’s not even enough to be good at leading, you must bee seen as an invaluable asset. This is where your power lies.
7. Work smart, live smart
Work-life balance may be a cliche phrase but it remains a hot topic because companies are starting to see a clearer connection between people and profitability.
You are your best self when well-rested and in a good state of health. Your ability to be productive, consistently deliver results and stay sharp for your team, is directly linked to your wellness.
Taking breaks, eating well, exercising often and getting sleep are things you must integrate into your personal life in order to excel professionally.
AS you start to see improvements in your own outcomes as a result of taking care of yourself, set an example and collaborate on top-down policies that make work-life balance a priority company-wide.
8. Be prepared
A leadership vacuum exists when there is a goal or challenge within an organization that can’t be tackled because there is no set person tasked with the job.
When this happens, someone lower on the rung may be asked to step up and take on the responsibility — and sometimes this happens out of the blue.
If asked to lead a bigger team or initiative tomorrow, would you be ready? Could you thrive in that suddenly assigned role or would you buckle under pressure?
Great opportunities aren’t always predicable so now is the time to fill the gaps in your skill set so are prepared.
9. Design your Life
Because no matter what stage of your personal or professional life you are in, the Designing Your Life course will help you take stock of your goals, re-calibrate your current needs, and move forward on your newfound and existing aspirations.
Based on their #1 New Times Bestseller, Stanford professors Dave Evans and Bill Burnett originally designed this course for Stanford University undergraduate students to help them make smart academic and career choices.
In a short time, demand for this class became so high that they decided to open it to graduate students, staff and finally even outsiders. To date, over 37,000 people have taken the top-rated online version of the course.
The course leverages proven design thinking principles to help particularly gifted people face the challenge of having too many options, get unstuck and chart life and career paths that are in sync with each other.
We recommend this course over the plethora of other leadership courses out there because it holistically addresses the four core areas of life: love, play, work and health.
The course challenges participants to re-think how to align making money with doing meaningful things and helps uncover the types of activities that provide them with most satisfaction.
This is especially important if you are tasked with providing direction to others as it’s impossible to lead properly if you are unsure about your own life and career.
Become an abundant leader
An abundant leader overcomes scarcity thinking and is a regular creator of win-win situations that enlarge the pie for herself, her company and her employees.
Explore our leadership book recommendations to help you continually build the skills you need to lead abundantly. Then take the Designing Your Life course to start thriving and leading by example.