How to Be the Best Leader You Can Be & Elevate Others

Have you ever met someone who made you think “Wow, I want to be just like them when I grow up”? Chances are, that person’s actions spoke louder than their words, and they elevated the people around them through great leadership skills. They may have made you wonder how to be the best leader you can be and Elevate others. If that is the case, you are in luck today!

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What is Elevate?

No Barriers’ Life Element, Elevate, is all about impacting the community around you through positive leadership. Elevating can look different in everyone’s lives from being a kindergarten teacher and helping young people grow into positive stewards in society to volunteering at your local senior living facility and playing bingo with the residents. No matter what your role is in society, you can find a way to elevate in order to bring impact and change to the people around you.

9 tips to be the best leader you can be

1. Have honest and open communication

A main thing that has been studied in research around leadership is the leaders ability to be open and honest with their followers. Research has shown that when people are vulnerable with others, there is heightened support for each other and a strengthened relationship. Showing to others that you are just like them and you too make mistakes and have faults opens up the doors for others to be vulnerable and open with you. From the workplace to your friend group, opening up to others opens the doors for growth together and a creation of community.

2. Be personable

Being personable goes hand in hand with being honest and open. When you make the people around you trust you more by relating to them, you will be able to elevate your relationships with the people around you and create change. Building trust with people you care about is a super important part of leading others and being able to have an impact on them. 

A team of veterans spent 5-days on a No Barriers program backpacking and summitting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 
 -- Photo by Micah Baird

A team of veterans spent 5-days on a No Barriers program backpacking and summitting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

— Photo by Micah Baird

3. Actions > words

Have you ever known someone that preached one thing but then did the complete opposite? In my experience, that feels pretty frustrating and goes to show the importance of our actions. If you do not back up your words with action and proof, you most likely won’t be taken very seriously. Leading by your actions is a great way to show leadership no matter whether your title is a leadership role or not. A great place to start showing leadership through your actions is to love and support others and serve the people around you! From baking bread for your neighbors to taking care of a friend’s pets, you can serve others no matter where you are in the things you do in your daily life! 

4. Use whatever platform you have

Be the best leader you can be wherever you are planted. Whether you are the boss of an organization or a 22-year-old fresh out of college, you can elevate the people around you. Although those positions have extremely different environments and responsibilities, with the right techniques, they can be used to empower and lead the people around them. Using whatever platform you have available to Elevate others helps you to reach a diverse spread of people throughout your life!

5. Support others more than you ask for support

The importance of serving others before yourself is innumerable. Research has shown that when you put others before yourselves and support them, there are benefits for you as well such as lifting your mood and improving happiness levels. This is also a great way to put your actions to work and show others how to elevate themselves while serving others. 

a group of no barriers warriors taking a group photo after hiking

A team of veterans spent 5-days on a No Barriers program backpacking and summitting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

— Photo by Micah Baird

6. Be positive & optimistic

By keeping a positive attitude, you become someone that people are drawn to. When you are a positive light in other people’s lives, you will have the opportunity to lead others in a positive way. Being optimistic helps you to influence other people to stay positive and elevate themselves no matter what is happening around them. 

7. Stay calm in hard circumstances

Being a good leader means to stay calm under pressure and hard circumstances so that people can look to you for support. Whether you’re under a lot of pressure at work or there is a global pandemic going on, being able to remain calm and level headed is essential. There is never a time where elevating will not be needed, so being able to remain calm and consistently elevate and lead is crucial.

8. Be organized and “on top of it”

In order to be the best leader you can be, organization is key. If you are all over the place and rushing around, you often won’t have time to pour into others and support them. By staying on top of things, you will be able to make time to assist others and be a positive influence on the people around you.

9. Show you have faith and trust in others

Commit to others and show them you believe in them wholeheartedly. When people know you believe in them, they are more likely to encourage you as well. Building a foundation of trust with those you impact will only strengthen your relationship and influence on them. 

Elevate others and live your best life

Billy Lister on a Mountain

You now know how to be the best leader you can be!

Elevating the people around you through positive leadership is an essential life skill. No matter where you are in life, you can have an impact on the people around you through positive leadership. From using your platform as the boss of an organization to everyday life as a stay at home mom, you have the chance to be a positive role model.

No Barriers aims to teach and support community members in their efforts to Elevate others. Leading your community to be able to break through any barrier and challenges life throws at you is not an easy task, but when you use the right skills and put your words into actions, you will have the opportunity to elevate not only your own life, but many others around you.

This article is part of an ongoing series that explores the No Barriers Life Elements in-depth. Find additional articles here:

May 21, 2020
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