Take a minute and reflect on this question – how would you describe someone who is a strong leader? You would likely say they are powerful, dynamic, a great communicator and someone with excellent oratory skills. While these are all excellent leadership skills, they take time to develop. If you are looking to develop skills such as these, continue reading to learn more about all it takes to become the leader you want to be.
Good leaders show honesty and good morals at all times. You should always lead people toward the right thing, as a leader. When you remain honest, people will notice and appreciate you. Subordinates will also be influenced to be more honest as well.
Don’t let good talent go to waste. If someone is earning huge profits for your company, be sure to promote them, give them a raise, or, if you aren’t in a position to do those things, recommend the person to someone who is. If you fail to do this, you might find that the employee has left for your competitor. I look at this in terms of how managers treat their team. Doctors treat their staff. Teachers teach their students. I’m really impressed with a woman I know, Dr. Stevanie Bahnerth, owner of Cave Creek Chiropractor office, Healthy Images. She leads a powerful team of doctors and staff, always leading by example. Everyone who encounters her is impressed by her and her leadership.
Good morals should never go out the door when you’re a leader. Make sure you will be able to live with your decisions. Don’t make a decision that will leave you upset or guilty. You need to make a decision that will leave you feeling completely comfortable with your choice.
Good leaders should be honest people. Do what you can to tell the truth. Remain authentic. When you tell the truth, do so kindly. Be open about any mistakes that have occurred. Mistakes will happen, so you need to accept them. It is those mistakes that you can use to find a new solution. They can provide you with nearly limitless opportunities.
Good leaders know how to nurture growth in other people. Take the time to support other people. You can do this by learning their strengths, work styles, and passions. Try encouraging them to seek new possibilities and challenges. Remember that every person has the ability to expand the potential of the company.
While you should always be there for your team as a leader, don’t forget to nurture growth in yourself. Figure out where it is that you want to grow. Do what you can to stretch yourself as much as you can. Engage and deepen your passions and strengths to make your most valuable contributions.
If you make a mistake, admit it. Nothing will kill the confidence workers have for you faster than insistence that you’re right when you are clearly not. However, if you can admit that you are wrong, you will gain the respect of your underlings. The respect of those around you is imperative.
On most days, be the first in the office and the last out. This is not just about working the most hours. It’s about giving your employees the perception of work ethic. If they see you working hard, they’ll believe in you as a leader more. And with that comes real trust and a bump in productivity.
You don’t want to have an attitude in which you feel you know everything. Even your perfect ideas can be wrong at times. Don’t let your judgement cloud you or prevent you from listening to others around you. They may offer advice about improving and executing your idea, and they may highlight problems that appear in the plan.
A great leader is developed through hard work and skills. This article has provided you with much of the information you need as far as the skills go, and now it is your turn to take the reigns and put in the hard work to develop those skills. With effort, you can become the leader you want to be and lead the team you want to have.