Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was a true beacon of leadership before, during, and after his presidency. Many of his initiatives, like that of environmental preservation, are alive and well, today. But what made Teddy such a successful leader? Here, we will examine three things that Teddy did that put him above and beyond other political leaders of the time. With just a bit of know how, you can put these “bully” (good) leadership tips to use in your own firm.
Put Others before Yourself, and Do as You Say
You have probably heard, time and time again, that a good leader puts the welfare of others before themselves. This is a modicum of leadership wisdom that is true. And Theodore Roosevelt modeled it perfectly. Not only did he feel that it was often necessary to put the welfare of others above his own, but he did so while others were looking. Teddy was also famous for letting others know when and why he was putting others (or the greater public) first. One example of this was when he declined a more senior position in his regimen during the Spanish-American War. Instead, Teddy wanted to be near his troops where he could lead and protect them.
Communication of Vision is Key
Teddy was a master of communication. He understood the power of speech to sway and pursued people to follow the path he had laid forth. The reason that Teddy was such a powerful communicator was because he had the ability to make quick decisions, and see where they would ultimately lead everyone to. Then, Teddy used this vision to spur others on (along with himself) to keep up the good fight. When you communicate the vision of your business or organization, others are know you are invested in it yourself, and are more likely to follow.
Be an Inspiration
Many see Teddy as a real inspiration. Some may say he was an inspiration because he was a proponent of change, because he was no afraid to hold others to a higher standard, or even because he was not afraid to stand up for others. But the fact that Teddy was an inspiration is no mistake. He wanted to serve as an inspiration, and worked to be an inspiration to others. When you are inspirational, you can rally your troops and spur your team on to greatness, together.