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Leaders have a great deal of responsibility not only in just leading, instructing, and delegating, but also in setting the tone for their team and being an example for those that they are leading. Whether you’re leading a company, coaching a team, or even leading your family, there are 4 very important qualities of effective leaders.

This solo episode was inspired by a webinar by coach Nick Saban, who is the head football coach at the University of Alabama. He shared 4 qualities that he believes all leaders should have, and in this episode, Mike shares his thoughts on each of them. Those 4 qualities are: leaders are committed to doing things the right way, leaders set a good example, leaders are never late, and leaders take care of their responsibilities. Tune in to hear about each of these more in-depth, and let us know if you’d agree with them, or have anything to add!


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Episode transcript below:

 Mike Malatesta  00:00

On today’s episode, I’m talking about the four qualities of a leader that I was inspired to share this story. After participating in a webinar with coach, Nick Saban. He’s a football coach for University of Alabama. And he’s a winner. And I so enjoyed listening to him. And then his sort of codifying the four qualities of leader that I wanted to share that with you and give you my spin on it as well. I hope you enjoy it. And thanks for listening. Everybody, it’s Mike, and welcome back to the HOW’D IT HAPPEN podcast. So happy to have you here for this special solo episode. And today I am going to be talking about four qualities of a leader. And these are not my qualities, although I align with them. And I’m going to admit to you that as I mentioned in the intro, these are Nick Saban’s four qualities of a leader, Nick is the head coach at the Alabama, Alabama Crimson Tide college football team. He’s a seventh time national champion. And I don’t watch a lot of sports. But I love coach. I love coaching. And I love coaches. And I love listening to coaches. And so when I had the opportunity to listen to Nick, on a webinar that was sponsored by Vistage, I was very excited to do it. And so here’s what I came away with. He talked about a lot of things. But these four qualities of leader I thought were really good. And we’re sharing with you because I think you and I would would agree. And that anything that could help us be calm, be or become a better leader is something that’s worthwhile for us to listen to get do something with, etc. So here are the four qualities of a leader according to Nick Saban. Number one, leaders are committed to doing things the right way. And he’s got four bullet points underneath this. If you want to uncommon results, you must first have uncommon behavior leaders embrace the hard things they do the lonely work, the path of least resistance is foreign to them. And he’s talked over and over again about this thing he calls the standard. And all of those things together, I found Well, I was like, Yes, I was shaking my head. Yes, I agree with those things. But when it came to doing things the right way, and the standard that really stuck with me, because it’s not just a sports thing, it’s a life thing. It’s a business thing, here’s the here’s the issue with doing things the right way. And then you know, the standard, if you don’t have a standard, there’s no way to do the right thing, because the standard is the right thing. And if you don’t have standard, you have a much greater tendency, and he talked about this a lot with different players, you have a much greater and positions, you have a much greater chance of having confusion among the team, because people don’t understand why, you know, they’re not being considered for this, or why this person can do this. And they can’t, it’s very interesting how he rolled all that up into this thing that he calls this, the standard. And the standard is just that there’s a standard for everybody on his team and everybody in his organization from him all the way down, or from all the way down all the way up to him, maybe it’s a better way to put it. And that standard says this is the way we do things. This is the right way we do things. And you don’t have to look at people then you don’t have to look at personalities, you don’t have to look at favoritism. Because everything is looked at through the lens of the standard. Are we meeting the standard? Yes. Okay, great. We’re gonna keep going. Are we not meeting the standard? Okay, that’s, that’s bad. We’re going to stop that. And we’re going to fix until we get back to the standard. So number one, leaders are always committed, committed to doing the right the right things the right way. And the standard, don’t forget about the standard number two leaders set a good example. That seems like right leaders set a good example, of course, leaders set a good example. But here’s what he has to say about the speed of a leader is the speed of the team. So goes the leader, so goes the people, leaders are a picture of the desired destination in which the other should wish to arrive, they set the level of intolerance for your organization, leaders own the result. And they can that gets back to the standard thing, leaders, they set the level of intolerance of your organization, think about that in your life and in your business or whatever it is that you do. Do you set the level of intolerance in your business? Or do you let somebody else set the level of intolerance? Are you intolerant of some things and not intolerant of others, even though you said you were intolerant of them? People customers, right? Money. It’s a big, big responsibility. It’s a big responsibility leaders set a good example. And they set the level of intolerance for your organization. Number three leaders are never late. You can take a lot of things from someone he says and give them back like money, possessions and resources and he says even if if handled right, you can even help someone get their dignity back if you take it away. But sometimes you do you know, intentionally I hope But sometimes it happens. Then he says, however, there is only one thing. If you take, if you take it away, it’s lost forever. And that time, once time has passed, it’s gone forever. And as a result, the most disrespectful thing you can do to a person or team is to be late and have them have to wait on you basically communicate to them that your time is more valuable than you then there’s, and this has been, this has been something that I’ve it’s how do I say this? I can’t stand when people are late, even if they’re late for a minute. If they haven’t told me they’re going to be late. It’s just I find that to be disrespectful, I find that even more than that, I find that to just be a reflection of who they really are. And unfortunately, I guess for me, there are a lot of people that that feel like being laid is okay. And there’s a lot of leaders, and this is the thing, I want to make sure it sticks with you and me. The there’s a lot of leaders who think that because they’re the leader, because they’re the person in charge. It’s their right to be late. They’re right. They’ve earned that right. That’s how some people think that’s crazy. That’s crazy thinking leaders have to be on time Nick says it, I agree with it. And number four leaders take care of their responsibilities. They keep their promises, you can count on them. Effective leadership and trust are inseparable. That’s what he had to say about the responsibilities and look just like being late. There are a lot of leaders who sometimes don’t keep their promises. This sometimes can be counted upon who sometimes do separate leader, their leadership and trust, they don’t think that they need to earn your trust that you they should just have it no matter what I did a podcast a while ago solo podcast about why I don’t expect anyone to trust me. Because I don’t I don’t expect anybody to trust me not right off the bat. Even though I feel like I’m very trustworthy. And I would very much love for people to just trust me implicitly that we weren’t, we’re not built that way. I feel like I need to continue to earn the trust of everyone that I’m leading, and everyone that I’m interacting with, I need to continually earn that because I could throw it away in a second with an unthoughtful comment on thoughtful moment of reflection, being late not doing what I say I’m going to do making excuses for why I haven’t not having a standard. All the things that Nick Saban talks about talked about in this webinar and that I’m sharing with you today. So what kind of leader are you? And is your team reflecting your leadership or the leadership you want it to reflect? Or is something else happening? I hope it’s the former and not the latter. I don’t know only you know, so, something to think about today. Thank you so much for joining me for this podcast and investing your time and energy in me. I am so grateful for it. And I hope you’ve earned return on that investment today. And if you have please like file, share the podcast with your friends, neighbors and colleagues. And until next time, please I encourage you to maximize your greatness every single day and make your future your property something that you are proud to own everybody. Thanks for listening to the show. And before you go, I just have three requests for you one if you like what I’m doing please consider subscribing or following the podcast on whatever podcast platform you prefer. If you’re really into it, leave me a review write something nice about me Give me five stars or whatever you feel is most appropriate. Number two, I’ve got a book it’s called owner shift how getting selfish got me unstuck. It’s an Amazon bestseller and I’d love for you to read it or listen to it on Audible or wherever else Barnes Noble Amazon, you can get it everywhere if you’re looking for inspiration that will help you unlock your greatness and potential of order or download it today so that you can have your very own copy and if you get it please let me know what you think. Number three, my newsletter. I do a newsletter every Thursday. And I talk about things that are interesting to me and or I give more information about the podcast and podcast guests that I’ve had and the experiences that I’ve had with them. You can sign up for the podcast today at my website, which is my name Mike malatesta.com. You do that right now put in your email address and you’ll get the very next issue. 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