To be a leader, you only require 1 (one) thing and one thing only – followers. It’s not about your title. It’s not about your wealth. If you lead by title or use authority to lead, you don’t have followers, you have subordinates.
There is research by Professors Jacqueline and Milton Mayfield that indicates 3 communication skills that every leader needs in order to motivate followers to give their best. Those 3 skills are:
- Direction giving
- Meaning making
The keyword here is “to motivate followers to give their best”. To give their best is beyond what money and authority or title can motivate people to do.
Do you have followers?