Few things are better than buying breakfast for a worker you want to lead.
So, turn off your phone, and give the individual you are trying to lead your undivided attention.
Be genuine in your interest in getting to know them. Ask follow-up questions.
You are searching for things that can get them enthusiastic, nostalgic, and thinking about things or places they want to do or see in the future.
Eventually, turn the question to something such as “Is there a place like to go on vacation? Perhaps a place you would like to go on vacation but haven’t? What would you want to do for fun if you had a week off?
What does this have to do with leadership? This is the true first step in leadership.
Some Famous Quotes to Chew on at Breakfast
“Leadership is nothing more than influence.” – John Maxwell’
Influence means not telling someone to do something but rather a voluntary act. The person you are trying to influence must believe they have chosen to buy in on their own accord. In return, they will get what they want.
In essence, this is capitalism. A buyer believes that whatever product or service they purchase is more valuable than the cost. It’s a voluntary transaction.
In our painting company example, the crew leader believes what you offer is more valuable than what you are asking.
Once this happens, it has great potential to turn into a fun game.
“You can get everything you want in life if you just help others get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar.
You only get others what they want by asking, creating a path, and assisting. Now that we have asked, it’s time to show a path and take your first step into leadership!