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The Power of Leadership 
Beyond Titles and Positions


Throughout life, we often come across people who hold positions of power or carry impressive titles, and it's natural to be in awe of them. However, we must remember that these positions and titles are temporary and limited. What truly matters is how we treat people and how we make them feel in our presence. This is best illustrated by the words of Maya Angelou, who said, 

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Her words highlight the importance of how we interact with others and the impact it can have on their lives. It's a reminder that our actions and words can leave a lasting impression on people's hearts and minds. This is particularly true in a leadership context, where the way leaders treat their team members can have a profound impact on their performance, job satisfaction, and overall well-being.

High-performing teams are not created simply because someone has the title of Leader. 

The most successful teams have achieved their success because their leadership team possess key qualities that are critical to building and leading successful teams.

Self-Awareness. One of the most important qualities of a good leader is self-awareness. This involves being honest with oneself about one's strengths and weaknesses, and being open to feedback from others. A self-aware leader understands that they are not the finished product and is willing to take steps to improve their skills and knowledge.

Emotional Intelligence. Another key quality of effective leadership is emotional intelligence. This involves being able to understand and manage one's own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Leaders who possess high emotional intelligence are able to communicate effectively, build strong relationships, and inspire their team members to achieve their goals.

In addition to self-awareness and emotional intelligence, successful leaders also possess other important qualities, such as vision, integrity, and the ability to inspire and motivate others. These qualities are nurtured through ongoing learning, self-reflection, and practice.

So, how can leaders nurture these qualities and build high-performing teams? 


  1. Practice self-reflection: Take the time to reflect on your own leadership style, strengths, and weaknesses. Seek feedback from others and be open to constructive criticism.

  2. Invest in your own development: Attend workshops, seminars, and training sessions to improve your skills and knowledge. Read books and articles on leadership to gain new insights and perspectives.

  3. Build strong relationships: Take the time to get to know your team members on a personal level. Show genuine interest in their lives and well-being.

  4. Communicate effectively: Use clear, concise language and be sure to listen actively to what others are saying. Encourage open and honest communication among team members.

  5. Lead by example: Model the behavior you expect from others. Be honest, transparent, and ethical in your actions and decisions.


As my client; speaker & author Nick Goldsmith writes, "positions and titles will come and go, but the way we treat people and make them feel, especially in their times of need, will be remembered. Effective leadership is not just about holding a title; it's about possessing the qualities that inspire others to achieve their goals. By practicing self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and other key leadership qualities, leaders can build high-performing, respected, teams that achieve great success".

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