Tony Blair, one of the most recent British Prime Ministers, was not always a very popular political figure with everyone. But despite this, he was still a great leader, just as any politician of his stature is. Blair exhibited many of the traits of a transformational leader. Here, we will examine just a few of the tenants of Blair’s leadership style that made him so successful. We will also give you tips on how you can incorporate these into your own leadership philosophy.
When Tony Blair first hit the scene in the 1990′s, he was all about being the change. Blair was keen on pitching a “New Labour Party,” unlike one that had been seen in Parliament before. To build this vision of change, Blair talked about his future plans for the Party. He was even sure to compare his vision to the future to what had been in the past. By doing this, Blair got others excited about the possibilities. You can do the same by clearly communicating your vision to your team. Then, tell them where you have come from, and how you will get there, together.
Rely on Education and Learning
Blair, just like many leaders, knows that learning is the first step to becoming a great leader. When you are in the presence of great leadership, you should be able to recognize that (even in your colleagues). Then, leverage their knowledge by being humble enough to learn from them. Even if no one around you seems to offer stellar leadership skills, take some time to invest in yourself. Seek out a great education, and take time to educate yourself about issues, and learn from other great leaders, even if it is from afar. Also encourage others on your team to invest in themselves through education, as well.
Build Your Networks Wisely
One thing that Blair did very well was to build his network while he was in office. Be sure to find your allies and stick with them. Blair felt that by teaming up with great individuals in lasting partnerships, he could create real change. You can do the same. All you have to do is utilize the power of networking in a way to propel your business forward. Think about other powerful players in your firm, as well as those outside your firm or even industry, that you can team up with.