suffer greatly. She equips and empowers her team to
do their job and do it well.
Do you have what it takes? Do you have the qualities
needed to be a good leader? Maybe you do, but how
do you respond when you hear news of how others
oppose your leadership?
• How do you react to opposition? – Leaders WILL
face opposition. There will always be someone out
there that will want what you have. There will always
be someone who thinks they can do your job better
than you. There will always be someone who thinks
you don’t deserve your role. A great leader doesn’t
worry herself with those thoughts. A good leader
doesn’t back down as a result of negative comments.
A great leader, instead, uses the opposition as fuel to
the flame that burns within to prove the doubters
Being a great leader is about having bold dedication, sacrificing your own desires for the sake of the
team, possessing the humility to know it takes a group
of people to accomplish the goals not one single person, and proving the opposition wrong. It doesn't end
Leaders develop other leaders. Throughout my career, I have had leaders that took the time to cultivate
my abilities and knowledge to help me along the path
to leadership. They empowered me to make decisions,
learn independently, and to perform at my highest
TO LEAVE A LEADERSHIP LEGACY,
• Identify those on your team who have the motivation and drive to succeed. Mentor them to become
future leaders. Look for the ones who have dedication
and humility. Seek out the ones who laugh in the face
of opposition. Those are the members of your team
that will one day succeed you.
• Train them in the proper way of handling issues,
communication skills, and customer service priorities.
Passing down the knowledge you have is invaluable to
a future leader. These employees crave the information
you have stored over years of experience. Be open to
sharing it with them.
• Provide feedback to future leaders. Let them know
how they are doing on a routine basis, not just when
it is time for annual evaluations. Periodic feedback lets
the employee know what improvements need to be
made and boosts their confidence.
• Set a positive example. Unfortunately, there are
people in leadership positions at some companies
that do not set a positive example for their employees. Positivity leads to increase in positivity to those
around us, but negativity has the same effect. Be the
kind of leader people want to be around and not
avoid at every turn.
Do you have what it takes to be a great leader?
Take some time and search for the inner leader within
you. Search for the fire that burns within you to want
more. Search for what drives and motivates you to
be better than you were yesterday. Then pass it on to
Kimberly Dewberry is Vice President of Secondary
Operations for First National Bank of Trenton. She can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org