Leadership can’t be summed up in one sentence or a single definition. Anyone who has ever been in a position of leadership knows that there are so many different aspects of leadership that need to be considered when you’re working with a team. The basics can be broken down into some pretty simple concepts.
If you implement them on a daily basis, they will help you to be an even better leader in your work environment and even your everyday life.
This is an obvious concept for more people. But it’s something that no matter how obvious it seems can be very hard to do. Actively listening to your subordinates allows you to make better decisions that can promote productivity, enthusiasm, and teamwork. If you aren’t listening well then your employees won’t feel like they’re a priority and they’ll lose their motivation to accomplish more within their positions. Listening well also allows you to make changes where they are needed in an educated manner. If you have a team that isn’t hitting their targets, rather than going in and changing things to see if you can make things better, actively listening allows you to actually find the problems within the team and make specific changes, saving both time and money for your business.
Looking forward helps you to see the big picture and the long-term goals of your leadership plan. Taking time every morning to lay out your plans for the day and double check that the tasks correspond with your longtime goals makes for a more productive day. It’ll mean that you’ll stay on track, feel more confident while working. You will find it rewarding to cross off each task knowing that they’ve gotten you one step closer to your goal. This gratification can help to boost your mood, which in turn, helps you to boost the moods of those around you. Looking forward also allows you to plan for the future when you might encounter a roadblock that slows down your work process. These roadblocks are easier to overcome if you are prepared for them and if you like to listen. It will save you time and money!
There are a lot of great qualities possessed by superb leaders, but one of the most admirable of these qualities is having the will to learn. Learning often means finding lessons to learn around every corner. Lessons that help you grow as a leader in your field. No matter what the situation you find yourself in, being willing to see the mistakes or the opportunities means that you’re learning to avoid these issues in future. Great leaders not only learn on the job, but they also take time in the personal lives for development opportunities. Reading a new book, attending a seminar or conference, or listening to a podcast related to your field are just a few ways that you can stimulate your brain and take the time to better yourself.
A motivation to become a better version of you can rub off on coworkers and subordinates. It can help to act as an example of what bettering yourself can do for your life and how it can help you to gain more opportunities for promotions and raises.
Perhaps the hardest of things to do, letting go is the ultimate skill of a true leader. It’s easy to fall into the habit of micromanaging employees. Unless you give them the chance to work on their own, these employees miss out on the opportunity to grow and flourish in the workplace. As employees gain your trust, make sure to loosen the reins so that they can use their creativity and skills to help your business. You’ll never know what their creative minds are capable of if you’re constantly micromanaging their work. Let them make mistakes, brainstorm new ideas and concepts, and collaborate with each other. You will definitely see the benefits of letting go. Plus, letting go gives you more time to work on your own tasks.
Rather than wasting time obsessing over what your employees are working on, you can focus on the things that really matter such as planning for the future, working on new innovations, and building relationships – it’s the best of both worlds!
There are so many more qualities that you need to have in order to be a great leader. We can explore more of them over the next few months as we gear up for the Toronto World Leadership Forum, April 20 – 21, 2018. Come back each week to read more about leadership, women, peace, empowerment, and more!
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[ Article by Shahram Ghanbari ]