A group of people cannot exist without a leader. People always need someone who will guide them, take them to new places, take responsibility, and be able to share achievements.
A group which is guided by no one is determined to fail. Countries have Presidents, schools have Headmasters, and teams have leaders. You will not find corporations that do not have a director.
A leader is not a person who just wants to take everything in their own hands. A leader wants to understand that kind of responsibility. Every person has some qualities that can help them become a good leader.
However, some people are just determined to lead a group. They have a set of leadership traits that sometimes may be seen in early childhood. If a child follows their instincts, an adult can help develop these traits to make them work.
If you are struggling to become a good leader, do not forget to use your traits and strengths to your advantage. To make your attempts organized, here is a list of effective steps. If you can implement them in your life, you can become an effective leader for your team.
1. Guide Your Team
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu
If you always remind your employees that they would never do something without your help, or that you are the only one who really deserves the reward for good work, you are not a leader.
A good leader is the one who exists as a part of a team, but never stands out. A good leader merges together with a team so you cannot even understand where the leader is, and where the team is. However, in critical situations, leaders must be able to guide employees and inspire them.
2. Invest in Education
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. — Jack Welch
Never underestimate the power of education. Learn about your employees and help them learn. Find coaches and let them share their knowledge and experience. A good leader always has a knowledgeable team. Your people should grow with you, and you need to give them an opportunity to implement their new abilities and knowledge to reach the team’s goals.
3. Support Your Employees
Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker
When your team knows that there is always someone who supports them, they are ready to experiment and break new ground. Your support can really become the reason for innovation and new achievements. Allow your team to grow and generate new ideas.
4. Discipline is a Must
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle
Do you remember your journey to become a leader? Explain to your colleagues that no one can just wake up a leader. It requires hard work, and respect for those who are above them on the ladder. This is a simple and effective rule that helps keep your team settled, so no one can feel that they have a right of authority over others unless they are the leader or director.
5. Enhance Your Communication Skill
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy
You do not need to be that kind of leader who just looks at the employees from his throne and tells them what to do. Be a leader who communicates to people. Ask questions, tell stories, find some insights to show your employees you are also a human being with feeling and your own fears.
Still, keep the communication balanced. Do not allow yourself rude jokes or some unappropriated comments. You are best buddies with your employees, you are a team.
6. Learn How to Deal With Your Problems
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus
An irrefutable leader knows how to prevent conflicts with and between his employees. Even if some conflicts occur, a leader knows how to solve them so everyone is satisfied.
When a conflict arises, listen to both sides and try to understand the whole situation. Do not judge your colleagues. Help them to reach mutual agreement.
7. Be Ready to Refuse
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. —Tony Blair
Many people have one big problem – they feel uncomfortable when they need to refuse something. A leader who cannot refuse is a curse for any company. You need to define the priorities and understand when you need to say yes, and when you need to say no.
The greatest art is to say no without hurting the feelings and self-esteem of other people. So before you refuse someone, take time to find the right wording.
8. Define a Goal for Your Team
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. —Rosalynn Carter
Each member of your team needs to understand why they are working what the goal is, and what they can do to reach the goal. Your task is to explain this.
Moreover, you should develop a strategy that will help your team reach those goals and lead them to success.
9. Provide Your Employees with Feedback
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. —Ovid
Are you sure that everyone in your team really understands how well they are performing at their job? When was the last time you talked about achievements and drawbacks?
Do your employees know what you are thinking? As a leader, you need to provide your employees with regular feedback. If something goes wrong, talk to your team. If you have noticed that someone has improved, talk to them too. Feedback is a strong motivation for everyone.
10. Be Wise
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn
A wise leader is the one everyone wants to follow. Remember that you need to work on your position and your goals as much as your employees work to get the best results.
Find your own way of guiding your team, but remember these steps that can help you become an irrefutable leader.
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