Leadership guru and best-selling author, John C. Maxwell once said, “Leaders must know the way, go the way and show the way.”

It’s a great reminder of the responsibilities and challenges that come with leadership.

There can be a temptation as leaders to operate without a clear plan, to be aloof and to ask people to do things that you would never do, but that’s not how the best leaders operate.

So, if you’re a leader (or are aspiring to be one), let me ask you a few questions:

Do you know the way?

  • Do you have a clear vision that you’re moving towards?
  • Is there a clear strategy that you are able to communicate to your people regularly?
  • Are you continuing to develop your skills to become an expert in your field?
  • Do you understand your industry trends and know what the future looks like?

Do you go the way?  

  • Do you take massive action towards your group’s goals?
  • Do you execute your strategy with excellence and focus?
  • Do you take the risks necessary to be successful?
  • Do you make the difficult decisions?

Do you show the way?

  • Are you role-modeling the work ethic required to achieve your goals?
  • Do you work closely enough to your people for them to learn from you?
  • Do you live the values that you talk about?
  • Instead of telling people what to do, do you do it with them?

Great leaders know the way, go the way and show the way.

Are you one of them?

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