Ten Leadership Lessons That Are Beneficial To Learn In Your Twenties
Social Strategist for SAP, Todd Wilms, compiled a list of ten leadership lessons that he wished he had learned when he was in his twenties. These lessons included: running with blinders on; it’s all personal, not business; think drawn-out, not short; find a mentor; ask for help; leadership doesn’t need a title; learn to eat sh**t; grow your business network; how you handle the big screw-up; and keep getting up again.
The first lesson Wilms had wished he had learned in his twenties was to run with blinders on. When people focus on what they want and go for it, everything else seems to fade away, as if they were running with blinders on. Because of this, the goal and how to achieve it becomes clearer and more obtainable.
The second lesson that Wilms wished he had learned is It’s all personal, not business. What he is meaning when he says this is to be careful what you say, and choose your words wisely, because despite what you think your words will have an impact on people.
The third lesson is to think drawn-out, not short. When people have been tasked with making decisions, they need to sit down and consider long-term strategy, rather than short-term gain because this will result in smarter decision-making practice.
The fourth lesson is to find a mentor. Everyone needs that special person that they can go to for advice and direction and a mentor is a great asset, not only for the employee, but for the business as well.
The fifth lesson is that there are really intelligent people who will help if you ask. People are willing to help. All you have to do is ask.
The sixth lesson is that leadership doesn’t need a title. A good leader is just that, good. To be a good leader a level of trust needs to be instilled between them and their employees.
The seventh lesson is to learn to eat sh**t. This may sound somewhat crude, but everyone has a boss or someone that resides over him or her, so get used to it.
The eighth lesson is to grow your business network. This is fairly straightforward and should be worked on as your personal network reduces in size.
The ninth lesson is that what is more important is how you handle the big screw-up. It’s a given, and all leaders do at some point. However, it is how you handle the defeat that makes you or breaks you.
The tenth lesson is if you get knocked down, get back up. Just keep on trying.
One extra tip, be patient and wait it out you’ll beat what is lingering between you and your aspirations.