Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to be a great leader

Being a leader is not about having authority it is about much more than just having a power position. if you want to be a great leader then there are some basic principles to follow. The greatest have all lived by them and have moved the masses. Being a leader is about effectively organizing people. Apply and live by these principles you will be able to effectively organize people.

1. Take time to listen
Listening to what your teams are saying is one thing and it is very important but there is another aspect to listening. Learning to listen to the ambiance of your teams is vitally important. As a leader you need to be able sense the subtle changes in your team members, so you can give them the support needed. If you are not a part of your team then you are isolated and miss the heartbeat. The mood of team members can drastically affect productivity, morale and effectiveness. Be aware of what is not being said aloud so that when something is off beat it can be put on track once again.

2. Trust in yourself
When you are in the leading position your team will need to see that you are sure in your choices. In order to follow people need to see that their leader is able to lead and is sure in him or herself. If you do not trust in yourself, how can anyone else? In the leadership role you will need to roll with the punch and have confidence in your decisions. This needs to be thoroughly expressed in your character, charisma and swag. Being confident in your decisions will allow your teams to feel secure, trust in your direction and allow them the freedom to follow your lead.

3. Motivate, inspire and empower others
The funnest part of being a leader is being able to motivate, inspire and empower your teams to produce. There is nothing better than to develop your team members’ personal power. Constructing a strong team, personally and professionally can have the biggest impact on productivity you can imagine. When people are empowered, inspired and motivated they give their best effort. That is what it is all about. Put focus on your team members personal and professional development, inspire them to be the prominent force in their niches and motivate them to realize their personal and professional goals.

4. Be resilient
As a leader there will be failures now and again, it cannot be avoided! If it were possible to achieve perfect results in every situation then the world would be a perfect place but it is not. Since failures are inevitable the way to take the most from them is to take them as a lesson and be resilient. Be able to bounce back and adopt a solution to issues that come about. As Thomas Edison said “I have not failed! I have just found 100 ways that won’t work.”

Moral of the story, be flexible accept problems as challenges to find a solution. Take away the lessons learned, so the same issues do not arise later down the line.

5. Learn to make the hard decisions
Unfortunately, even as you become part of your team members professional and consequently, their personal lives it is still your task to make the hard decisions. As much as we want to develop great teams of people, life in general affects everyone in its own way and as humans we are not gods and cannot control the winds of change. That being said, it is our job to be in touch with our duties and make the emotional decisions. As a leader you are put into a position that requires you to take choices that impact the lives and integrity of people and the organization. it is important to believe in your choices, weigh the options and move forward with courage, all while maintaining your personal integrity.

6. Take responsibility
People you lead become your responsibility, their productivity and performance are your responsibility. The bottom line is your responsibility too, how do you control all of these aspects of responsibility? You TAKE it as your own. You make it yours and you nurture your people, your organization. You accept responsibility for shortcomings and make the effort to lead in the direction that has the greatest positive impact on the overall sphere. It is not easy, for most but necessary to take the responsibility of your leadership. Too often the bottom line becomes the main goal and this can hurt an organization. Recognize that employees are the driving force behind every company, do not neglect them, take responsibility for your teams.

7. Be well spoken
Speak understandably to your teams, speak to them on a level they can relate. If you cannot be understood or your words are not accepted then you will waste your breath and slow forward progress. Social and emotional intelligence plays a huge part in communicating effectively. You should be aware of the emotional state of your teams, so you can communicate in a way that will move them. Being emotionally conscious will significantly reduce conflicts, misconceptions and can drastically increase performance throughout all areas.

Foster, promote and improve on these principles in your role as a leader. The teams of a great leader will be effective, strong and thorough. Have courage and develop yourself emotionally and your leadership will contribute to a healthy, successful and strong organization.

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