The Rhino’s P-E-O-P-L-E

By • on March 11, 2011

Happiness and honing are the two main objectives of the 2nd level, of the five levels of leadership. At the second level, people should become happy to follow you, as opposed to having to follow you because of your position or title. This level affords you the opportunity to hone, or sharpen relationships with your peers and/or subordinates so that you can take these people with you to the higher levels.

After the 1st level of leadership, the J-O-B level, in which you listened and learned as much as you could about your organization and the people around you, you hopefully developed some respect and recognition from your peers. At level 2, the people around you will have their ears perked and their eyes open. They have definitely noticed your leadership ability and will want to get to know you. These people will be very interested in your motivations.

On this level, you will have to, like the four-legged Rhino, fill two pairs of shoes.

Tennis Shoes – These are your kicking shoes. Use them to make a break through in your leadership by making people happy by your actions. These shoes allow you to run around and generate some buzz. They also allow you to work harder and get further. Take the time to get to know people and concern yourself with their motivations and work ethics. This is a great level to recruit.

Work Boots – Use these shoes to dig in and maintain a stance for your future. On this level, there will be people that will try to poke holes in your style, leadership, character and motivations. These people are the ones that probably feel threatened by your mere presence. As corny as it may sound, you must develop the Rhino’s thick skin and kill them with kindness. Do not patronize or condescend to these people, just smile and try to help them. The only way to develop a positive relationship with insecure people is to understand their insecurities and try to enlist their help. Asking for their help will help you in the long run. Turn to these people for advice and opinions. Even if you do not use their tips, the dynamics of the relationship will change and so will their attitude. Remember the saying: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” At this turning point, these people will either jump on your bandwagon or get out of your way. Your job is to maintain your goals, keep your eye on the ball and show more leadership ability by having a positive attitude towards all people and all tasks.

There will come a point on this level of leadership, that your will begin to take ownership of your team and its agendas. This is when people will begin to ask your advice and they will consult you before taking any major steps or making any major decisions. People will follow your lead, so you must look within on a regular basis, to make sure that you are making wise decisions and not miss-steping. Towards the top of this level, you will take full rein and will be using your honed judgment.

Advice for Level 2:

• Maintain a great attitude at all costs. All eyes and ears are on you, so make wise decisions.
• Do not run over people. These people will help catapult you to the top, so utilize their talents and abilities. Appreciate them on a regular basis.
• Don’t let anyone knock you down. Some people may see you as a threat, but don’t let that get to you. Let your great attitude out shine any negative feedback.
• Show your happiness about being on the team. This will eventually turn around; and people will want to be around you and they will want to help you and follow your lead. They will want to be on your team.
• Hone and begin to fine-tune the relationships that you make on this level. Some of these people will be the ones that will help you get to Level 5.
• Always remember that this is the PEOPLE Level.

Remember that you are on the verge of climbing to the 3rd level where you will gain your momentum. Remember that the relationships that you develop and on the 2nd level will be necessary on the next level when your team will generate itself to stardom.

Keep Charging Hard!


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