“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
This quote is from Sheryl Sanberg. With a reported net worth of $1.7 billion, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the wealthiest women in the world.
In nearly 10 years at Facebook, Sandberg has grown to be one of the most recognizable faces in Silicon Valley. She has spent most of her career facing stereotypes about women in leadership roles. So, she definitely knows a thing or two about being a good leader.
Lifting others up
Sheryl is passionate about increasing the number of women in leadership roles and she hopes a more balanced representation of women to men in higher positions will come soon. She sees the true test of successful leadership to be about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. Being a leader is about lifting others up, supporting them, and empowering them to take ownership and responsibility. This is a very simple concept but at the same time one of the most misunderstood concepts in today’s world. Bad leadership directly impacts the success of any team, and so it is crucial for every business around the world.
But what kind of leader do you aim to be? How much impact on others will you have? What will be your mark on the world?
In terms of leadership style, Sandberg is a transformational leader. Transformational leadership, by definition, is about creating a connection with people on a level that increases motivation by setting high expectations, providing support for achieving those high expectations, and celebrating the successes. Empowering others is one of the critical components of effective leadership.
Component of effective leadership
Giving the right energy to others will help them to give you the right energy back. Build others up with your positiveness, allowing them to be open for better things to come. Encouragement is an expression and assurance of one’s hope and future in words, presence, and sincerity. When someone feels acknowledged and appreciated they tend to perform better. Making your team members feel valued can create a huge increase in your productivity and your team’s success.
If you are looking to get the best out of your team, it is also so important to show kindness and empathy in everything you do. If you meet your team with your passion, your support, and your trust, you can reach incredible goals.