Explode Your Concepts of Leadership Right Now!
Leadership isn’t the easiest thing for people to grab control of and effectively implement, but anyone really can do it if they have the right tools. The problem in leadership today, however, is that those in leadership positions don’t have the right tools and this makes them ineffective leaders. Rather than wander blindly around, it’s time to explode the leadership concepts that you may have and add some tools into that leadership toolbox.
5 Leadership Essentials To Follow
Here are some leadership essentials that every leader needs:
1. Acknowledge people in some way every day.
The power of a simple “Good morning!” when you’re in a leadership position cannot be overstated. By greeting people, you’re not only acknowledging their presence is important to you, but that they are an important part of your team. The same concept can be applied when someone has done a good job – a “Thank you!” holds a lot of power. Even just a basic observation, like complimenting a green shirt, holds weight.
2. Look to teach before you look to criticize.
People respond better when they are taught a better way to accomplish tasks. Rather than negatively judge someone for their work or conduct, look for teaching moments that can encourage change. That’s not to say a violation of company policy doesn’t deserve a disciplinary action in some way, but it does mean that you should create an action plan to address that situation rather than just leave it as a negative interaction.
3. Leadership isn’t about your position or job title.
People follow leaders because there is value in that person’s leadership. It isn’t about a job position or a title – people may be forced to follow these titles and roles, but it isn’t something they’d willingly do if given a choice. Effective leaders win the hearts of those around them because they work hard to help others, help themselves, and do so selflessly.
4. Leaders actively listen more than they actively talk.
There are moments in leadership when you must direct, but more often than not, leadership is about actively listening to what people have to say. You’re providing a forum to people that is safe for them to give you feedback about the job they’re doing, the company you all represent, or even yourself as a leader. Listening also helps leaders be on the same page with others so that a team can work together for the same goal instead of separately and going in many different directions.
5. Leaders encourage change.
Change just for the sake of change is pointless – if you’re using current best practices, then a leader’s duty is to maintain those high standards. The status quo isn’t always the best option, however, and many people are hesitant to actually change unless they can see the value in making that change. The leader’s responsibility is to first communicate that value, then provide evidence of that value, and then implement that value – no matter what the elephant in the room might say!
Being in a leadership role isn’t always fun. It can be lonely, frustrating, and time consuming. With these tips, however, you can explode your pre-conceived notions and fill your toolbox up with effective tools. Try them out today!