Lead by example
Effective leadership involves showing, and not just telling. If you want your employees to do what you want them to do, then you should set the tone and demonstrate how it should be done.
Excluding yourself from your own rules is a sure-fire way to lose your employees’ respect and make you unlikable. Practice what you preach, even if it’s just for simple guidelines such as being professional or always being on time.
Never stop improving
Great leaders are constantly finding ways to improve themselves and find new skills and areas that they can learn and master. You should be open to the opportunities that come your way to achieve greater heights and pursue new possibilities.
Don’t rest on your laurels and discover new opportunities to improve yourself, your employees, and your organization. Prioritize growth and constantly challenge your team to be better versions of themselves.
Don’t focus too much on the details and always keep the big picture in mind. Create a list of personal, team, and organizational goals and come up with a definite plan and strategy to achieve these goals. Direct your team’s focus and energy into prioritizing urgent or crucial goals. These goals shouldn’t be static. Instead, periodically evaluate them to adjust as needed.
Keep in mind that when your goals and expectations are clearly defined, your team members can better understand the end result that they’re working towards as a unit. Furthermore, it’s easier to monitor progress and determine failures and successes.
True leaders do whatever needs to be done. However, when things go wrong, you shouldn’t point fingers or play the blame game. You should take responsibility for your team’s actions and choices and their results. In doing this, you show that you’re worthy of your team’s trust and respect.
Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that incompetent or reckless behavior from a team member should be swept under the rug. It just means that when mistakes happen, you don’t assign blame or offer up a scapegoat. Instead, you identify the source of the problem, come up with a course of action to correct the situation, and prevent it from ever happening again.
Decisiveness refers to the ability to make decisions efficiently to obtain a specific result. Leaders who are decisive decision makers appear more credible to their team members. A fast, well-informed decision coupled with a sense of personal responsibility shows your confidence and effectiveness as a leader.
No matter what industry you belong in, you are going to face difficult situations where quick and clear-cut actions are necessary. When it’s time to decide, you should believe in your ability to guide your team to the right outcome and provide an impactful decision that aligns with your organization’s goals and vision.
Give credit where it’s due
Don’t be that boss who takes all the credit for your team’s success and hard work. Don’t hog all that spotlight to yourself. Be team-oriented and give credit where it’s due. Effective leaders recognize that any success or achievement within an organization is a joint effort.
Remember that no one wants to follow a selfish leader. Furthermore, it’ll be difficult for you to motivate your team when the next big project rolls around, when they know that their contributions and talents won’t get recognized.
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