Leadership is not about a position, successful leadership is about influence. Good leaders believe in themselves and their leadership. they are confident if others would follow them, the team would benefit.
People follow leaders who care. Many “leaders” try to move others by criticizing them or by intimidation. People will generally respond by becoming defensive, or isolating themselves. they will produce just enough to keep their job (until they find something else and then leave). A “leader” can’t antagonize and influence at the same time.
People also follow leaders they trust, people with character. We tend to put a lot of emphasis on intelligence and skill in this country. and while these things are important, what is more important is Character.
People follow leaders they respect, leaders that are competent. Respect is almost always gained when difficulties arise. Poor leaders demand respect, while competent leaders command respect. A leader thinking they can do a job has confidence. A leader that actually can do it. has competence, and there’s no substitute for that.
People follow leaders that are committed and consistent. Even if your care for, are honest with people and can perform your job well unless you are consistent people will not depend on you and will not trust you.
If you work to do all these things with the people in your business your leadership will be successful. Successful leadership is about influence, not about position.