Bromberg’s How to: Key Points on Leadership Part 1

Leaders and Leadership

Many people think they know what it means to be a leader, a manager, a head-of-marketing, a head-of-whatever, or a corporate executive. After doing some research about what makes successful leaders tick, I came to a few conclusions that I would like to share. Here are three of those key points… I’ll discuss more in another article.

Key Point #1: You are about solutions, not problems.

In all my leadership endeavors, I feel like the biggest hurdle of the job is to not worry about the problems, but rather concentrate on how to move forward. We spend so much time deliberating and dwelling on problems—it is a better use of our time to focus on the solutions. With that said, this means there has to be a certain mindset. The mantra is: We’ll figure it out. No matter how complicated a predicament, there is a way out and sometimes it just takes a clear, calm, and focused mind to work out the logistics. This is easier said than done, but crucial to effective leadership.

Key point #2: You learn as much as you can.

This point is one in which very few take advantage. I am convinced that anyone who has ever made a billion dollars did so by starting as an intense information consumer. If you are working on an internet business, you learn everything there is to know about search engine optimization, the current industry and future trends, you get friends who are graphic designers and web specialists, and you climb that learning curve like it is Mount Everest.

Key Point #3: You fake the rest.

Of course, we can never know everything all the time, BUT, we can act like we do! The amazing thing that I observed in myself and in other leaders is that for those times when you really do not know what to do or how to solve a problem, if you act like you know the answer, that helps. Acting like you are the King of your domain is one step closer to being the King. I see how that point can be easily misinterpreted so let me clarify. Sometimes we have to stall in life while we think about the next step or to give time to contact the person who does have the answer. It is okay to say that you do not know the answer, but depending on the context, it could be appropriate to say, “I have an idea” which might lead to an answer even if you aren’t sure it will get anyone anywhere. The most prolific leaders were the ones that, when they didn’t know what to do, at least had an idea of something that might get them closer to figuring it all out.

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Leadership is tricky because we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. The best leaders are able to capitalize on their talents and minimize all their flaws. Being a good leader STARTS with mastering these three key points. It’s not for everybody, and one’s personality or work ethic might dictate whether one can be successful at these tasks. If your disposition can handle these, then you are well on your way to achieve great things at your place of employment, your school, your PTA meeting, or whatever challenge life is throwing your way at the given time.

Focus on one key point and go to the next, over time you might just do these things without even thinking about it. If you already do these things automatically, then feel free to drop a comment on experiences that you have found helpful in your own quest for high quality leadership.

 

One Response to Bromberg’s How to: Key Points on Leadership Part 1

  1. Steve says:

    “Fake-it-till-you-make-it” is pretty important when dressing for the part of success! Another thing to consider is that people follow leaders, not titles. That’s one of the degrees of being a “Yesman”, is agreeing with the boss to keep that attention off of yourself! Most “Yesmen” work hard enough to not get fired and keep under the radar.

    The real sincere employees engage the boss that is a proven leader and put themselves out there!

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