Here’s How You Can Bring Out the Best In Other People
At it’s core, leadership is about your actions and attitude more than it is your intent. It is the epitome of the “walk the talk” concept – if your words aren’t backed up by your actions, then your leadership isn’t worth anything! The best way to prove your mettle as a leader, no matter what your position may be, is to work on bringing out the best in other people. Here’s how you can start doing that today:
1. Show you care instead of say you care.
Words are cheap. Anyone can claim to be anything or anyone today, but that doesn’t make it true. What makes your words true are your actions and authenticity. If you really care about other people and want them to succeed, then that’s a goal that you’ll be working toward every day in some way.
2. Stay true to your vision.
Leadership is about consistency. That doesn’t mean you can’t adapt to changing circumstances or tweak goals here and there. What it means is that your overall vision, your mission statement that defines who you are as a leader, stays consistent every day. You treat people on an individual level, yet treat everyone the same as you work to help the entire team succeed. That’s what implementing a vision is all about!
3. Set clear expectations to achieve results… and then communicate those expectations.
When people are wandering around blindly, it’s not their fault. That’s because wandering, blind workers are missing leadership! When you set clear expectations to achieve your goals and have the vision to implement those expectations through clear communication, you’ll have happier people. Just don’t overly micro-manage them because even though your ideas might be good, their creativity might be even better!
4. Eliminate negative influences as quickly as possible.
The hiring adage is “hire slow, fire quick.” Take your time in evaluating people that you draw into your team to make sure they are a good fit and can fulfill the role you’ll need them to do. Eliminate negative influences quickly because negativity is a plaque that will quickly fester and grow. This way you can focus on success instead of focusing on putting out the fires that are preventing your from moving forward.
5. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks.
Maybe the most difficult task of the modern leader is to delegate tasks to others. Some see a lack of delegation as a desire to control, but more often than not it is a lack of trust that a leader has in their team. A lack of trust is a negative component that, as above, should be quickly eliminated. Without trust, you really can’t bring out the best in people! So have faith, delegate, and let people surprise you.
6. Above everything else, keep your word.
No one is perfect, but not keeping your word should be the exception to the rule instead of what happens every day. When you establish a trustworthy reputation, people will follow you because they know you’ve got the goods to help them find success. Your vision becomes their vision! If you aren’t trustworthy, people will take on their own tasks in the same way that some leaders choose not to delegate.
Leadership means putting your needs behind the needs of the people following you. When you can do that consistently, you may not be a perfect leader… but you’ll be a great leader that will inspire greatness in others.