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.
Watch out for project creep. This can happen when your project’s scope isn’t clearly defined. If you have control over the project, resist the temptation to add more project objectives as time goes on. If you are receiving external pressure to expand your project, resist it with all your might. Your subordinates will thank you.
Good leaders know how to nurture growth in other people. Take the time to support other people. You can do this by learning their strengths, work styles, and passions. Try encouraging them to seek new possibilities and challenges. Remember that every person has the ability to expand the potential of the company.
A successful leader needs to maintain a balanced public and private life. Having a good reputation in the community is vital to continued success. Being in a leadership role invites scrutiny, so it is important to maintain humility and exercise moderation. Do not give anyone something to point to that disqualifies you as a leader.
Don’t make the mistake of ordering people around. That is not true leadership. The key to true leadership is to inspire those around you. You need to help them find their own voices, so that they can go on to lead others. The entire journey they take with you is about their ability to know themselves better.
Always let your team know you appreciate them. It takes only seconds or minutes to email or write a thank you, or to support someone else, and it goes a long way in the eyes of others. Little acknowledgements like this can lift their mood and better their day without costing you anything.
One way to become a good leader is to avoid becoming a monarch. You should have a good and talented workforce under you if you are a good leader. Just make sure to avoid creating a “throne” by setting up restrictive guidelines that are unreasonable. You need to guide your employees, but not with a bunch of parameters that are unnecessary. Influence your workers without trying to “rule” them.
You might feel like starting each day or shift with a motivational speech, but this can get old for your crew quickly. As a matter of fact, such tactics are overrated. The biggest impact you make in terms of personnel is who you hire, who gets fired, and who gets assigned to the big projects.
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.