Many prosperous regions and countries were such because they were led by strong personalities. People were devoted to their leaders, and sometimes considered it an honor to die for them.
However, some people were not leaders – crowds followed them because they were forced by fear of punishment and for their survival.
These levers work if you live in a castle and want people to be your slaves. But they’re vain if your aim is to gather a team to make this world a better place.
To assemble a group of talented people, you have to believe you can do anything, and persuade your team that they can do anything too.
To earn their respect and motivate them to follow you, you need to have the following qualities:
The only way to achieve your goal is to see it vividly, and understand what your final destination is. Focus on the word vividly.
It has the same significance for both the landing place, and the way to get there. You need to prepare a well thought out plan A and a back up plan B.
The direction you choose has to be clear so followers feel their participation is purposeful, and so they are willing to watch your back.
True leaders know they carry responsibility for their deeds and their thoughts. Since the leader’s thoughts and ideas transform into someone’s deeds, they’re responsible for its consequences, too.
Talented leaders don’t search for someone to blame when things go wrong. They’re wise enough to be in charge. They use logic and they analyze, they change perspective if needed, and keep working.
Their role doesn’t involve accusation. Their calling is to help others, not to give up.
3. Positive Attitude
One of the essential skills of a good leader is positivity. It doesn’t mean they avoid problems, or they don’t care. Actually, they care more than anyone else.
Still, they find inspiration to keep moving.
Sometimes, they go astray, but always come back on track and take another try. Difficulties don’t frighten them. Leaders know their dreams are worth their efforts.
4. Be an Example
If you’re a parent, you’ll agree it is impossible to clarify to children the main differences between right and wrong. This is true for adults, too. Why? Because adults don’t exist.
We’re all aged children. Grey-haired, weary, but experienced girls and boys. Thus, find a mentor within yourself. Act the way you want your followers to act.
You expect them to find creative decision? Look for them. You want them to be loyal? Be loyal to them. The rule is simple: like attracts like.
Leaders don’t hide. They are open to communication and interaction. They listen and talk to their colleagues.
Being a leader means you embrace the opportunity to meet your followers, and listen to their suggestions. You have to be attentive to their opinions. And even if you have another one, show your respect and concern.
Let them take part. Invite different people to your team. The diversity of opinions makes huge difference. Appreciate it and be ready to reap the harvest.
6. Be Emotional
Strategy and arguments are great tools if you want people to think of you as an experienced leader. However, there are other tools. And sometimes, they impress your followers even more.
Do not afraid to be emotional. People feel, and they need to be understood and supported. Try to find something special in each of your team members.
Get to know things that make them unique to become a part of your life.
This is a way to build a solid ground for healthy relations in your team. Be honest and sincere.
7. Know When to Say Yes
Sure, the habit to stand your ground is essential for a good leader. However, sometimes such approach can be a disservice to your team.
Next time you want to disapprove of a decision a team mate has made, try to look at the situation from their point of view before deflecting to defensive behavior or arguing.
Everyone makes mistakes, and we can learn from our experiences. Sometimes you need to learn to say yes to give your team a second chance.
8. Change the Perspective
Certainly, you may be intelligent, creative, and hard-working. But you’re not the one who makes you a leader. Your followers do.
Remember your team as you become impatient and jump to conclusions about situations. Make sure your followers are appreciated. After all, you couldn’t make it alone. Make sure they’re aware of this.
9. Continuously Learn
You made it – you’re the leader. Congratulations! Buy a bottle of champagne and celebrate.
But remember to keep developing.
Do you want your followers to improve their skills? Then show them how you improve. Even if you’ve reached the height of your career, there are many other areas in which you may be an amateur.
Take literature classes, learn new languages, start writing a book. Develop continuously – it is the only way to stay on top.
Dividing the people in your team by status or characteristics can be the most horrible mistake you could make.
You are each the cogs that make the machine work. If one of you break, it stops. The condition of your mechanism depends on each of you.
Short or tall, young or old, leader or follower, everyone must be treated as an equal.
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