Blog
home | site map | privacy policy


10 Ways to Develop Your Latent Leader


latent (adj.) - Not visible or apparent, but capable of developing or being expressed; dormant.

Everyone has leadership qualities. The visible difference lies in the degree those qualities are developed. Each individual chooses their own path and determines to what degree skills are developed and how those skills or qualities will be expressed. There are born leaders, but even those people evolve their approach to leadership over time.

Leadership skills are valuable in every crack and crevice of life. You could be the most successful person in your field and you will still face an endless stream of problems and situations that require you to seek new and innovative strategies for dealing with them. A leader approaches problem-solving with an eye on the future. Whether you're leading yourself, your family, or a vast enterprise, it is important to develop the skills necessary to move forward with confidence.

I have included here what I consider to be the Top 10 Ways to Develop Your Latent Leader.

1. Know your purpose.

Everyone has a unique purpose in life. Too often, people settle for what life brings them rather than creating the life of their dreams. You can design your life around purpose if you have a clear vision of what that purpose is and where you are headed by pursuing it. No matter what your current situation, there is a way to bring it purpose and meaning, building from there.

2. Commit to goals.

With a clear vision and purpose, goals can be established that provide the road map to be used when implementing plans. There will be regular forks in the road presented to help you refine your vision and goals. Unless you have your road map ready to refer to, there is a good chance you will continually end up in the weeds trying to find your way back to the path of choice.

3. Manage your reputation.

Your reputation is one of your most valuable assets. Effectively managing that reputation requires an understanding of how the reputation was built and how it is best maintained or enhanced. The effective leader sets an example to follow and that contributes to their reputation. Your reputation can be parlayed into tremendous success if it is managed and used wisely.

4. Open-minded.

Leaders know that they don't have all the answers. In the book by Jim Collins "Good to Great", the first quality demonstrated by leaders of the most successful companies in the study was humility. These leaders were open to suggestions and knew that their success was dependent on a group effort. To have sustained success, you have to be open to all possibilities.

5. Continuous improvement/innovation.

Along the same lines, leaders are in a never-ending cycle of improving themselves and whatever they touch. They read the latest material in their field of study expanding their territory in whatever ways they're lead; provide a wealth of information as a resource for others; are continually educating themselves; and seek innovative ways to expand their horizons.

6. Demonstrate collaborative problem-solving.

The master-mind experience can be very powerful. The process of collaboration transcends the concept of "two heads are better than one". When a leader begins to employ the ideas of people outside of their familiar decision-making track, innovation becomes commonplace. Collaboration can be applied in every area of life.

7. Grow other leaders.

The best way to develop leadership skills is to teach others to be leaders. It is easy to get bogged down in daily activities and inhibit your own growth and the growth of those you lead. When a person begins to develop their latent leader, there is a change in their thought process. It is no longer enough to just get the job done - it must be done right with awareness of consequences.

8. Be decisive.

As a leader, others will look to you for direction. You must weigh your options using the resources you have to work with and make the best decision. Sure you will make mistakes and, in hindsight, see that a different decision might have produced better results. Remember that there is tremendous value in those errors in judgment as long as you take the time to learn from them.

9. Learn from mistakes.

The leader takes responsibility for mistakes made. Period! Mistakes are an enormous investment of resources and should be used for all of their value. If you take mistakes seriously, spending the time necessary to determine the root cause that created the opportunity for the mistake to be made, you have turned a costly mistake into a potential gold mine. This is where innovation lives.

10. Realize your full potential.

In every individual there are untapped resources. The human potential has only scratched the surface. Each of us has a "sweet spot" where the lines between work and play merge. We have bordered on genius. Our job is to design life so that we spend increasing amounts of our time in excellence. The leader accepts nothing less than the best from themselves and others.

Leadership styles are as varied as the leaders that employ them. In order to begin to develop your latent leader, start anywhere on this list. Determine how you might use a new or different approach to a situation or problem you're facing. Once you have experienced a bit of success, it will get easier to use a more innovative and creative approach to problem-solving. The leader will no longer be latent!

About The Author

Gala is an executive coach focusing on creative problem-solving. She is committed to assisting organizations of every shape and size in developing their leadership with an emphasis on socially responsible business practices and a keen eye on productivity and profitability. Gala is a certified public accountant, certified financial planner, published author, and business consultant with over 25 years of experience. She can be reached at (702) 386-4111, by e-mail at Gala@MetaCommIntl.com, or by visiting http://www.GalaGorman.com.

For more information, contact Gala Gorman between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time at:

METACOMM MEDIA

A division of MetaComm International, LLC

(888) 886-4111 or (702) 386-4111

9101 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 105-G36

Las Vegas, NV 89117

E-mail: DrGala@GalaGorman.com

Web site: http://www.GalaGorman.com

Leadership is best defined by the quality of your thoughts, decisions and actions. It is also underpinned by the quality of the tools you use in your role. Be seen to bring true leadership to your organization and act with the authority that it brings to you.

Site Build It! Tools


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Cultivating The Essential Ingredient In Leadership: Energy
Forbes
There is a very simple measure of the health and culture of any team or organization: its energy level. Among high-energy groups, we witness motivation by inspiration. There is a buzz in the air. Individuals and teams are innovating, displaying ...



Forbes

One Leadership Skill That Turned 12 'Horse Soldiers' Into An Elite ...
Forbes
In October, 2001, small teams of American soldiers on horseback defeated thousands of Taliban fighters because the soldiers were trained in one critical leadership skill: Persuasion.

and more »


U.S. News & World Report

Senator Durbin: Leadership Discussing Path to Immigration Vote
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) delivers remarks to reporters after the weekly Democratic Party caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Reuters. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Dick ...

and more »


BBC News

UKIP leader Henry Bolton hit by ruling body 'no confidence' vote
BBC News
UKIP's ruling national executive committee (NEC) has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton. Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend. But he has said he will defy ...
Ukip leader Henry Bolton loses vote of no confidence in his leadershipEvening Standard
Ukip in chaos after leader Henry Bolton loses confidence voteThe Guardian
UKIP leader Henry Bolton refuses to quit as party 'cannot afford it'Sky News
The Independent -South China Morning Post -Daily Mail
all 120 news articles »


Daily Mississippian

PULSE leadership conference helps students build network, leadership skills
Daily Mississippian
While many students were returning from winter break this weekend, more than 150 sophomore students met for the PULSE (Preparing Undergraduate Leaders, a Student Experience) leadership conference. The conference is designed to help students network ...



South China Morning Post

Digital Entrepreneur Leadership Forum
South China Morning Post
Having a permanent finger on the pulse of the latest digital and technological waves, Cyberport will proudly host the Digital Entrepreneur Leadership Forum with the theme Embracing Change in the New Era of AI. The Forum will feature a distinguished ...



Washington Examiner

Dick Durbin: Trump's negotiation and leadership skills found wanting in shutdown negotiations
Washington Examiner
They hammered out an agreement where Chuck Schumer made major concessions on one of the major issues, the president's wall,” Durbin said. “Within two hours the White House called and said that deal is off.” “So, if you wonder what kind of shutdown it ...

and more »


Black Enterprise

Sales of Hampton President's Book on Leadership to Fund Scholarships
Black Enterprise
“Dr. Harvey's book resonates with people across cultural and generational lines. It is literally a how-to guide to pursuing and achieving personal and professional excellence. His work underscores the basic principles of success he has pioneered and ...



Houston Public Media

World's Regard For US Leadership Hits Record Low In Gallup Poll
Houston Public Media
In this photo, protesters demonstrate at a new Trump International hotel in Vancouver last year. The global approval rating for U.S. leadership now stands at 30 percent — lower in President Trump's first year in office than it was under former ...
One year into Trump's presidency, the world's citizens give US leadership a record low ratingWashington Post
Poll: World Approval of US Leadership Sinks to New LowVoice of America
Poll: Under Trump, global approval of US leadership hits historical lowPolitico
The Guardian -The Hill -NBCNews.com -Gallup News
all 444 news articles »


Snopes.com

Did Trump Criticize Obama for a Lack of Leadership During the 2013 Government Shutdown?
Snopes.com
Prospects for a quick agreement brightened briefly in September after Trump appeared to sign off on a framework with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer; that plan would have traded the Dream Act for additional security at the border ...
At start of Year Two, government shutdown poses test to Trump's leadershipThe Globe and Mail
Senate moderates to pitch leaders on plan to end shutdownfox8.com
GOP leadership finally wins a round vs. Freedom CaucusPolitico
The Hill -CNN -The Hill
all 5,901 news articles »

Google News

© 2016 Definition Of Leadership & Career Consulting Limited