It isn’t always easy being a good leader. You need to know what qualities leaders have, and discipline yourself to do the right things. Not only must you know what and how, but you must know why.
(1) Great leaders encourage creativity. Creative thinking along with the right risks put you in good positions. Explore different possibilities and be constantly curious. Consider new ideas even in situations where they won’t help you short-term. Your belief can assist others to create new concepts within the project.
(2) Look for talent in others. It should always be apparent to you who would be most suited for the job you need done. This also carries over to hiring contractors for individual jobs.
(3) Be transparent with potential issues as often as possible. Unlike the old leaders who covered up problems, the great leaders of today are more upfront in their communication. You may be wondering why. The world has become quite communicative. The situation will be exposed no matter how much you try to hide it. How about bring the captain of the ship instead of a passenger? Great leaders follow that path.
(4) Show your appreciation for your team. It doesn’t take long to write something that says thank you or good job, and that may mean quite a bit to those that work hard all day long. That brief acknowledgment can turn a whole day around, boosting a mood, and is absolutely free.
(5) Improving your leadership capabilities requires a thirst for knowledge. While your ideas might be perfect in your mind, others may have advice to offer that is good. They may offer advice about improving and executing your idea, and they may highlight problems that appear in the plan.
(6) Do not act in any manner that seems deceitful. If you want to be a trusted leader, you should deliver on the promises you make. If you tell others that your business provides great service, you have to make sure your workers know how to provide this.
(7) Always prepare thoroughly before meeting with your team members. Think of questions they may ask you. Get the answers so you are ready when they’re asked. You can get respected more by the team if you have answers they seek. It will also save a lot of valuable time.
(8) In order to be an effective leader, you need to know exactly what you strengths and weaknesses are. Overconfidence in your abilities is sure to lead to a mistake. Instead, focus on strengthening any areas you feel weak in.
(9) Take ownership of your statements. Leadership requires accountability for words and deeds alike. In your company everything begins with you, and what you do and say is how your business is perceived. If you do take the wrong actions or say the wrong words at work, it is your job to fix these wrongs. Never expect others to deal with the problem for you.
(10) Avoid costly mistakes that tend to set you back. When you make a mistake, let it motivate you by its lesson. Now is the time to take the advice you have been given and put it to good use. To become a good leader, you need to have confidence when it comes to helping and teaching others.
Rise and shine my friend! Now that you know what some of the pros do in order to lead well, I encourage you to take action and learn to apply these skills. Stay tuned for details regarding the release of the TKO Global Leadership Mastery course.