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.
When attending meetings, act like you’re stupid and don’t know anything. You are not actually stupid, of course, but adopting this mindset makes you more likely to accept input from other people who may actually know more than you do. Arrogance has been the downfall of many business leaders, after all.
Always remember that a great leader builds up and does not need to tear down. Do not be overly critical of those on your team. Be quick to give commendation, praise and recognition. Even when people fail, commend the effort and inspire them to get up and try again to succeed.
Be as transparent as possible with business issues. Good leaders don’t want to hide problems with their business. Are you wondering why? The world has become quite communicative. The story will get out whether you want it to or not. So, why not try to control the message that’s going out there instead of trying to react to it? True leaders do that.
Make sure that you have goals set for your business as a whole. All people need to work towards something, and leaders can provide annual goals to each employee. Do not create them and then forget about them the rest of the year. Hold monthly meetings to make sure everyone is still on track and working towards the desired goal.
Many successful leaders have used this idea to make positive changes by involving the team, or workforce. Offer an incentive, such as a gift card or other small reward, for people who are successful at implementing a positive change in the work environment. The changes can be acknowledged, and awards given at a monthly luncheon, or other get-together.
Surround yourself with smart people. The best leaders out there all know one thing: when you’ve got the best people, you’ll elevate everything. Don’t think you need to be the smartest person in the company. Far from it. You need to be a visionary who sees greatness. Use that and find the best colleagues to surround yourself with.
Promote diversity in your business. You can get different perspectives with educational, cultural, and age diversity. Don’t hire a bunch of people who are exactly like you. This limits your team’s ability to advance. You may also cause your company to fail, due to your weaknesses.
When in business, try to always lead by example and never just by title. Even if you are not a supervisor or manager, try to be as good at your job as the person above you. This can be a great way to personally move up the ladder, especially if the higher ups see you motivate higher productivity in everyone around you.
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.