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Leaders Open Doors

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When he heard his five year old son Ian say, “I got to be Class Leader today; I got to open doors for people!”, Bill Treasurer set to formulating his insights into the characteristics of a successful leader.

In his book “Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance ” he contends that:

*  Effective leadership isn’t about having power over people, it’s about doing good for people

*  Leadership isn’t so much about the leader, rather it’s more so about those being led.

*  Leadership is about noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for others.

*  Leadership is about opening doors for those being led.

Treasurer explains that an open-door leader opens six opportunity doors that represents ways that a leader can elevate standards and potentially change lives for the better. They affect. They amend. They alter.

  1. THE PROVING GROUND DOOR: Open-door leaders tap into our deep desire to excel and achieve when they give us opportunities to prove ourselves to ourselves. They give us a shot at performing at a higher level.
  2. THE THOUGHT-SHIFT DOOR: To keep us from being narrow or habitual in our thinking, Open-door leaders help shift our perspective so we can apply our imagination more fully.
  3. THE DOOR TO A SECOND CHANCE: Open-door leaders have a higher tolerance for mistakes, seeing them as great opportunities to learn and grow.
  4. OPENING DOORS FOR OTHERS: Open-door leaders intentionally go out of their way to reach the people who are least like themselves in order to ensure that everyone has a fair shot.
  5. THE DOOR TO PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION: The well-timed and good-intentioned feedback of an admired leader can change the entire trajectory of one’s career. Open-door leaders are often catalyst figures who bring about our own life and career transformations.
  6. THE DOOR TO YOUR OPEN HEART: Open-door leaders actively show that they care about us and our well-being. They reveal themselves to us, letting us see their own hardships, vulnerabilities, and human idiosyncrasies. In short, they are “real” with us.

Are we Open-door leaders? Can we lighten the leadership load and get back to what is most essential? Creating opportunities for those you are privileged to lead and being real with them.


Author: happinessevangelist

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