Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

This is a fabulous leadership quote. Eisenhower seemed to understand something that most modern leaders forget. Leadership isn’t about forcing people to do things. It about showing the way in getting them to want to do it themselves. Leadership implies that you’re out in front getting people to follow you. It’s not the same as pushing from behind and forcing people to do what you want. That means that with leadership you have to focus on how to motivate people–not how to drive them.

The most successful leaders are the ones that understand this. Instead of worrying about how to make people do what they want they focus on how to get people lined with the goals of whatever the undertaking it. Their goal is to make sure that everyone understands the purpose so clearly that they will act for themselves without having to be told every single individual action.

This type of leadership is highly effective yet extremely rare. It is hard to leave like this. Most people revert to type of management where you simply try to force people to do what you want. If your leadership only comes from the fact that you are in that an authority position and can withhold some basic paycheck, fire them or otherwise coerce them into doing what you want, you are being a leader. He may be a manager. You could be a number of other things–but you definitely aren’t a leader. A leader has to get people to motivate themselves.

One of the biggest ways people fail in this regard is by not having a clear leadership purpose there they leave for the sake of leaving. They like being in charge so they lead. This is a particularly effective. A leader really needs to have a vision, a goal, and in purpose. It’s very hard to get people to want to do what needs to be done when you are clear yourself what you’re trying to accomplish.

The purpose of leaving is not simply to get other people to do your will. If not simply to be in a position where the people will obey you. The purpose of leading it took up with something. This may be one of the reasons why leadership and the military seems so effective. Not only have they spent years refining the leadership process, but the goals are generally pretty clear. When people have clear goals is much easier to lead. They know where they’re going and they know what they need to do to accomplish those goals. The leader can help things by communicating the vision clearly, setting strategy, pointing the way toward what needs to be done, but has very different than simply driving people toward an end that they don’t all agree on.

If a leader is to be effective they must focus on what the people they lead one to publish. Now that doesn’t mean they can influence this, but they have to bear in mind. True leaders are able to align the goals of what they wish to accomplish with the goals of the people who follow them. Sometimes this means modifying their goal to have a win-win situation for everybody. Sometimes it means educating the people under them so they see the value of leaders goals. Many times it means inspiring people so they understand the benefits of where they are headed. When this is done on a consistent basis people understand why they are doing what they’re doing.

In the Revolutionary war a general commented that US soldiers were very different than the soldiers yet encountered in Europe. He said in Europe recently tell soldiers to do something and they will for the most part do it. In the United States soldiers had to be told why you want them to do something. Once they understood the logic behind it in the end goal behind it they were more dedicated than their European counterparts. The reason for this is leadership. The European soldiers were simply following directions. The US soldiers were following a purpose. They were trying to cop listings because they wanted to see it done as well. They had bought into the vision and we’re striving to publish the same things that the leader was trying to accomplish.

This is the ideal situation to be in the leader. When you have people following you who understand me and goal they can think for themselves. They don’t have to be told every individual detail. They can act autonomously and make good decisions. True they may not make the same decisions as you, but it’s much. Have someone who can make decisions headed toward be in goal someone who has to be told every single detail of what they need to do. Even if they make a decision differently than you would from time to time the result is better. In many cases they may make better decisions than you would because they are closer to the problems they’re trying to solve.

Einstein’s understanding of how to lead was very important. It allowed him to see people differently than the leaders who were trying to drive people around and force their will on them. He understood that it was his job to get people to buy in to publishing the task at hand–not merely force them to do what he wanted. This type of leadership is really the most effective way and Eisenhower understood this.

It might seem that this type of leadership is easier when you’re president boring charge of an army. It is embedded is any easier. It’s just that we’ve been trained so much in business to be poor leaders that people don’t know how to use this type of leadership in the business setting.

People want to be inspired by their leaders. They want to know that the work they are doing has value that goes beyond just earning a paycheck. When people feel like what they are doing is important they can be more engaged and go the extra mile to accomplish goals. It’s kind of like the story of the person the factory. When asked what he was doing he said he was building cars. That’s a very different outlook than the person who said he was screwing bolts on screws. When people see what they do in light of the entire process and the entire Golden needs to be accomplished they can be truly lead in the right direction. When they only see their little part of what they do, it’s tough for them to be inspired about screwing a bolt on a screw.

It’s much easier to take someone who feels their building high-quality cars and leave them in a way that’s beneficial for everyone than it is to take someone who sees her job as during not on bolts and get them to understand that the quality of what they do impacting product and impacts customers, and impacts the world.

People want to feel they are changing the world. They want to be inspired to understand that what they do matters. People are seeking relevance for their life. They want to know that what they are doing makes a difference. This is how leaders motivate people. They show them do what they are doing is important. They show them how to do it better. When you lead from this standpoint you’re able to take people and get them to do what needs to be done because they want to–that because you’re forcing them to do it, but because they want to do it and they see the advantage.

This is true leadership. This is the only way to lead effectively.