Having taken advanced history classes in high school, I was not too excited when I found out that I was required to take a history class for my leadership protocol. History 110 had a twist, however, and focused primarily on historical leaders instead of the events. This was beneficial because it focused on what made those historical figures influential and how the different types of leaders impacted history. This class really opened my eyes to the concept of leadership styles and how truly powerful a person can be when they have influence over another being. This class ultimately taught me that history is a powerful tool; looking back on past leaders and their methods can provide valuable lessons to learn from.
What makes a leader stand out? Simon Sinek has discovered that all great leaders throughout history all have the same things in common: how they think, act, and communicate. He has found that the most influential and effective leaders started out by asking themselves “why.” This led to the “how”, and the “what”. To better explain why these leaders where and are so effective, Simon came up with the Golden Circle:
This Golden Circle explains that in order to truly be the most effective and influential leader, you must start with the why. The why represents your reason for being. It is your motivation and belief. Without the simple why, you can never truly develop a how or what. In order for you to be fully committed and effective at something, you must know why you are doing it and believe in it. Otherwise, people will know that you are not truly passionate about your cause, and thus, they will cease to see you as a true leader.
Once you have found your why, you can then develop a how. The how expect of the circle represents the specific actions you take that allow you to realize your why. It is your method of achieving that why. Simon has found that working from the why to the how is most effective, and enables a person to truly develop a plan of leadership. However, the circle does not stop there.
Once you have your how, you must discover your what. All of the great leaders that Simon observed all knew what they were doing or providing. It is crucial to know what your how is producing, and the effects that his has on the people around you. it is also to important to make sure that the results are rooted to your why. If you lose sight of your values, then the what will not have the effects you originally sought out to make.
Overall, Simons Golden Circle is an excellent tool the has helped many people realize what makes great leaders, great. This circle can be applied to any one and greatly affect their leadership style for the better. To learn more about Simon Simek and his Golden Circle, please visit this link: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
“Without a healthy dose of heart, a leader may manage but he does not lead.” (Golemen page 21). This quote comes from the book Primal Leadership, which shows the importance of leading by following your dreams. If you carry out a task with only the thought of getting it done in mind, and your heart is not in it, then are you really accomplishing anything? This book allows you to realize that in order to truly lead, you must follow your dreams. Your emotions have a crucial impact in your leadership style, and can affect the way people view you as a leader. If you are unhappy and unmotivated, the individuals looking up to you will begin to feel the same way; but if you follow your dreams and lead with a happy heart, you are going to inspire others to do the same. After reading this book I understand that discovering yourself as a person is the most important factor in becoming the best leader you can be. I highly recommend this book to everyone, as you will learn an enormous amount about leadership, and yourself.