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You Can Be An Exceptional Leader
No one really goes into a management position expecting to be that terrible boss that everyone hates. Many people even have their own personal goals to be the best manager that anyone has ever seen! The problem is that many organizations aren’t looking for managers… they’re looking for leaders. Because many people end up managing instead of leading, they end up becoming that dreaded boss that no one likes over time without ever realizing that it has happened.
These 5 tips can help you be that exceptional leader you want to be:
1. Focus on your own humility.
Though we all like to have pride in a job that’s well done, being overly excessive in yourself is a way to be on the fast track to being despise. An approach that is filled with humility, where you recognize that everyone, including you, simply has a role to play on the team, will help everyone recognize what their defined role is and work on achieving goals to the best of their abilities.
2. Develop everyone’s strengths whenever you see an opportunity.
Employee development isn’t just about sending someone off on a weekend retreat to learn a specific skill. Much of today’s employee development is handled by the manager as they track the work performance of each employee. A manager that is willing to take the time to help develop a specific skill that is needed for a project with each employee, based on their strengths, is a manager that will have a team that can achieve virtually anything.
3. Don’t take feedback personally.
A common question that is asked during the interview process for a job is about how constructive criticism is received. Feedback, any kind of feedback, is a good thing. Positive feedback reinforces a job well done. Negative feedback helps a manager to shore up weaknesses and adapt to an ever evolving workplace. Instead of taking negative feedback personally, take it for what it really is: an opportunity to be better.
4. Learn how to handle difficult situations.
The more we practice a skill, the better we can implement that skill when it is called upon. That’s why emergency responders have disaster drills, why fire drills are done in schools, and why athletes practice the skills of their game every day. For the manager, the critical skill needed is to handle a difficult situation. Practice this repeatedly so that when you have a difficult task, such as firing an underperforming employee, you can handle the situation gracefully and professionally.
5. Don’t be afraid to multi-task.
If you want a senior level management position, chances are you’re going to need to be well skilled in many different areas. Work on that multi-tasking now by picking up new skills, learning about new areas of the company for whom you work, or going after projects for your team that might take people out of their comfort zones. This will ultimately help you accomplish more and become the exceptional leader that you want to be.