John Maxwell shares another excellent leadership article related on how to influence your peers in other positions to successfully achieve organizational goals and projects.
As a leader, you’re wired to win. You want to see your team succeed. You want to see your own career take off. Chances are, there are very few moments in the day when you’re not looking for some kind of competitive advantage. But you should never sacrifice people to your desire to win. Because the plain fact of the matter is that you can’t win without others. You need people to reach your potential.
Today, I want to touch on just a few behaviors that can help you learn to lead your peers.
1. Let the Best Idea Win — There are times when your ideas, your thoughts, your agenda, aren’t actually the best of the bunch. So instead of always arguing for your idea, your opinion, your agenda, sit back and listen to the other ideas being shared.
2. Be a Friend — First, listen. When you prove to be someone who genuinely listens to others, people will seek you out because everyone likes – and needs – a good listener. Finally, if you want to be a friend, you should develop two things: a sense of humor and a reputation for honesty.
3. Avoid Office Politics — Sometimes, politics is just dirty business. Leadership is messy, but it doesn’t mean you have to sling the mud that gets you dirty. Let your integrity be your guide when it comes to intra-office disagreements, and demonstrate a higher standard for your peers to follow.
4. Don’t Pretend You’re Perfect — Your character, your integrity, and your willingness to be authentic will do more to win people to your cause than anything else you can do. Leadership among your peers has more to do with relationships than anything else, and relationships are established when people drop their pretenses and allow others to know them as they really are.
If you want to see your team make winning a habit, you’re going to have to learn to lead your peers. Of all the lessons I learned from playing basketball, the one I’ll never forget is that the people you need the most are the people on the team with you. The truth remains the same – you can’t win without others