Leadership is a role that exists everywhere. We tend to meet and interact with different types of leaders in our daily activities, and most probably, there must be someone in charge of whatever we may be engaging ourselves in, be it at home, school, church, organization or even the country. Anyone can become a leader, it does not matter the capacity in which they may be in. That means that a leader can be the CEO of an organization, or a first-year employee who leads his or her team to success behind the scenes. A leader might lead through official authority and power, yet just as often great leaders lead through inspiration, persuasion and personal connections.
In whatever capacity, it may be, as a leader it is important to take note of some key things which will make it easy to work with those under you. Being a leader does not mean that you will at all times be right. Human beings are prone to making mistakes, and since leadership is just a role, that does not make one different from other normal humans. Some leaders will at all times try to find faults on those under them, just so as to create tension and unreasonable misunderstandings with other people.
Being a leader also does not mean that people have to fear you. Good interaction with everyone around you is very important. Some leaders ensure that there is tension whenever they are around, or they will cause tension so as to make their presence felt, which is not advisable. Peace of mind is what those under your leadership need to lead you to success. People will not be comfortable working in an environment where they are not free to do anything, be it expressing ideas or feelings. It is very unfortunate that most of our leaders believe in creating tension within their subordinates most of the time so as to get things done.
Another important thing for leaders is motivating and being appreciative on the little efforts from those under them. How will an employee feel motivated when they are shouted at all the time? When will they ever deliver to their full potential when the one leading them is ever looking out for mistakes? It is unfair to treat your team as if there is nothing good that will ever come out of this as this will kill their morale. It is the little things done which builds a business, and this comes out most of the times from the efforts of the employees, who sadly, do not get the credit but those leading them. This is why as a leader, try to understand how to relate and communicate with your team. Give credit where it is worth.
Other qualities of a good leaders include the following:
You have an intimate knowledge of your inner emotional state. You know your strengths and your weaknesses. You know when you’re working in flow and you know when you’re over worked. You know yourself, including your capabilities and your limitations, which allows you to push yourself to your maximum potential.
You’re able to direct yourself effectively and powerfully. You know how to get things done, how to organize tasks and how to avoid procrastination. You know how to generate energy for projects, to calm yourself when angered. You can make decisions quickly when necessary, but can also slow to consider all the options on the table.
Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, its important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.
Finessing your brand vision is essential to creating an organized and efficient business, but if you don’t learn to trust your team with that vision, you might never progress to the next stage. Its important to remember that trusting your team with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness. Delegating tasks to the appropriate departments is one of the most important skills you can develop as your business grows. The emails and tasks will begin to pile up, and the more you stretch yourself thin, the lower the quality of your work will become, and the less you will produce.
The key to delegation is identifying the strengths of your team, and capitalizing on them. Find out what each team member enjoys doing most. Chances are if they find that task more enjoyable, they will likely put more thought and effort behind it. This will not only prove to your team that you trust and believe in them, but will also free up your time to focus on the higher-level tasks, that should not be delegated. It’s a fine balance, but one that will have a huge impact on the productivity of your business.
Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it to someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills. Being able to clearly and succinctly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.
Training new members and creating a productive work environment all depend on healthy lines of communication. Whether that stems from an open-door policy to your office, or making it a point to talk to your staff on a daily basis, making yourself available to discuss interoffice issues is vital. Your team will learn to trust and depend on you, and will be less hesitant to work harder.
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