Here are tips on how to be a great leader.
1. Lead by example.
The best way to motivate your colleagues is to set the example of how you expect others to approach a job or a project. If you’re enthusiastic, they’ll be enthusiastic. If you snipe and make snide remarks, so will they. Avoid complaining around your teammates.Do not try to rule with an iron fist or everything will go down like a lead balloon.
- Be at ease—Be approachable, comfortable to talk to, and mindful of your impact on others. Attract, rather than repel, ideas. Avoid angry outbursts, loss of composure.
2. Talk less, listen more.
When you first step up in front of a team or group of people, your instinct might be to do all the speaking in order to assert your role as pack leader. But one of the most vital managerial skills is encouraging dialogue. To get people talking, you need to listen. Listen very carefully and be receptive to other ideas and opinions. This will demonstrate your respect for each team member, and they’ll respect you in turn.
- Receive—Ask and listen versus direct or tell
3. Do your share.
Even though you’re the leader, you still have to do your share of work. Others will notice if you aren’t pitching in or continually push off unexpected and last-minute problems to someone else. You’ll exert the most influence when others see you working as hard – if not harder – than they are.
- Collaborate—Work effectively with others toward own (and shared) goals. Make reasonable offers to and requests from others. Request and offer help in balance. Seek consensus where appropriate. Show others reciprocity.
4. Be yourself.
The most respected leaders are personable and genuine. Stepping into a role that requires managerial skills doesn’t mean you need to adopt a false persona. Your colleagues will notice if you are not authentic, they’ll see right through you anyway.
- Act with integrity, ethics, and courageous authenticity. Know and work in sync with values, core purpose
5. Take responsibility.
When projects go well, good leaders point to their teams’ hard work and share the praise. And when there are failures, they take ownership, regardless of how mistakes were made. If and when something goes wrong, avoid pointing fingers. Instead, work with your team to address the issue and identify ways to prevent it from happening in the future.
- Resolve—Fix / resolve conflicts with colleagues, and among them, proactively and promptly, and/or find then maintain a level of appropriately productive tension.
6. Build capabilities.
- Invest in, be candid with, coach, sponsor, mentor, and develop team, teamwork, and hire/identify successor(s).
7. Relate with others.
Assess and build interpersonal relations. Seek and know others’ goals, hopes, and challenges, and share yours with them. Show care, concern, and empathy for others.
- Be honest and straightforward with others. Develop and grant trust and respect.
9. Be confident.
Be calm and inspire calm in others. Know ones’ value is 100% no matter who else is in the room. Avoid self-doubt or self-criticism. Avoid scripting / over-reliance on visual aids.
- Show savvy—Know when to inquire, assert, and stay silent. Keep track of ones’ impact on others, adjust accordingly.
There are many ways you can show your boss and colleagues that you’ve got what it takes to be a leader and earn their respect.
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