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Ten Steps To Glory! First and foremost is to understand "The Essence Of Leadership. The new "Paradigm of leadership involves a position of responsibility A-setting the vision in your dealership, by putting into place a process whereby vision can be achieved,B- The responsibility for motivating and inspiring your team in the pursuit of achieving greater goals ,C- Your responsibility for establishing a value system and an institutional culture that reflects the dealerships strategic plan for achieving that vision. Personally my definition of being a great leader/coach is "The ability to influence the behavior and actions of others to achieve intended purpose. Im my opinion sound leadership is exhibited in three fundemental ways:, mentally, emotionally and physically. First in order to be a leader you must have a basic knowledge of the enviornment in which you are expected to lead in. Next you must have the passion for the work you do.Do you as a leader get out from behind your desk and chime in with your managers and sales people, service personnel , do you engage in conversation? Do you have the passion to understand your employees needs? Do you have an open door policy or just an open door? As a leader /coach your goals and aspirations must be strong enough to sustain you and your team through the toughest of times, and believe me if your the bar is set high enough ad your goals and aspirations are worthy enough, there will be some rough sailing. Greed is good, it heightens the senses and is the most consistent of your emotions. When I was promoted to management there usually was two main ingriedeints missing from the equation, passion and accountabilty.As their new coach that was always the first piece of buisness I adressed I heard a term used in professional sports called "PRO-IZED" it's not to let your emotions show in order to demonstrate you are in control and you are above the emotion of the moment.The point is anything worth doing is seldom achieved without passion. Be Values Oriented- "Try not to become the man of success, but rather become a man of value" ~Albert Einstein! In that regard how you lead and how effective you will be in the long run in your leadership efforts will ultimately be affected by whether your words and actions reflect a strong personal committment to such values as integrity, trustworthiness, honesty, loyalty and pride.These core traits constitutes what being a professional is all about.
Tomorrow e'll examine Being prepared, be self disciplined, be knowledgeable, and performance oriented.