Being in a position of leadership can seem very exciting at first – think of all the power you have right at your fingertips! But along with power comes great responsibility, responsibility which can quickly seem overwhelming. By taking the time to learn about traits of effective and fair leaders, you will be doing your company a great service.
Even if you are not the best at everything you do, you should never let people know that. Being a leader is about accepting the negative things about yourself, but not allowing them to stop you from doing your best. This pertains to all points in your life where you may be lacking.
Make sure to engage people as a leader. You must learn how to motivate, involve, and excite others. Inspire them to engage their passions, strengths, skills, and creativity in the tasks at hand. Do what you can to acknowledge and appreciate each person’s contributions and efforts. You should make them all feel like they did something to move the project forward.
A good leader should always try to remain optimistic. Even when things aren’t going as planned, a leader should be positive so that the people around you will remain positive. No matter what the problem is, a good attitude will give you, and your team, hope that the problem will be handled.
Offer incentives to employees who continually perform well. You can use a standard model with known rewards or surprise good employees with some type of recognition and bonus. Be sure you don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Always encourage your employees to do their best work and make sure each one understands their role in your organization.
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.
Business is changing constantly so be open to new ideas. Even though something has always worked well in the past, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to get the job done. Be open to innovative ideas. You can try new methods on a small scale before implementing them company wide.
Stick with your goal. One way that leaders tend to fail is that they “switch sides” when things get tough. Try to stick with the goals you’ve established, and do what you can to stay on one path until completion. You may have to eventually change paths, but do so carefully and avoid doing it too much. Constantly changes paths can make you appear confused and undetermined to others.
Always remember that there is an inverse relationship between what’s on your mind and your personal productivity right now. If something is on your mind, write it down. If you need to, work on it now. If it can wait or can’t be helped right this minute, set the paper to the side and get to work on something you can do right now.
Leaders must know the difference between what they are working on and what’s in their mind. There is a tendency to overlook this often. If you have something that you’re constantly thinking about, then it should be acted upon. Make a note and get back to it later, the task at hand is more important.
Leaders can truly make or break a company. You have a lifelong responsibility to learn as much as possible about what it means to be a successful leader. Continue your education and do everything in your power to learn more about the nuts and bolts of effective and dynamic leadership.