Being a good leader is a very different thing than being a manager. Leaders can go beyond management positions. They are the people who motivate us, encourage us and lead by example. So how can you become a good leader, regardless of what your title is today? Cultivating leadership skills are a great way to continue your personal growth and advance your career in the long term. Here are three things you can start doing today that will help you be a better leader.
As a leader, it is important that you make decisions and stand by them. Of course, you can always ask for input from your staff or co-workers, but ultimately the final say will be your decision. When you are not confident or you act passive aggressively about the decisions you make, you will fail to instill a sense of assurance in the people around you. Of course, be sure that you don’t cross the line between confidence and arrogance. Recognize help you get, leave your ego at home, and remain humble about your choices and successes. This will be a winning combination for leadership.
Ultimately, your word is all you have. When you communicate with your staff or co-workers, it is important that you follow through on the things you say. If you make a promise, be sure to keep it. If you schedule a meeting, don’t miss it. If you make a commitment, follow up. Don’t be late because lateness sends the message that you believe your time is more important than everyone else’s. Following through also means that if you make a mistake, you need to own up to it. Everyone makes mistakes, but a true leader can show their worth by how they respond to the situation.
Become a mentor.
They say those who want to learn something should teach it. This is one of the reasons that becoming a mentor for someone is a great way to not only help others but yourself. Find a young employee who you can relate to. Someone who reminds you of yourself at that age. Talk to them about your experience and how it can make a real impact on their lives and their future by leading by example. If someone comes to you asking for advice or about your experiences, take time to talk with them.
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