Are you a leader who needs to strengthen your leadership? It requires a lot of time and energy. But don’t be discouraged. Proving yourself is something you need, like air. How’s that for motivation?
Here are five quick wins to boost your leadership in the right way:
1. Establish the Most Important Priorities
When you come to a new organization or start a new project, you should identify the major objectives that need to be accomplished.
This strategy allows you to determine various objectives for the first several months in the context of long-term objectives.
Moreover, by securing some early victories, a leader can be confident in achieving long-term ones.
Examples of short-term goals include:
- Revenue goals (e.g., to double revenue by the end of the next month)
- Employee appreciation goals (e.g., to establish new programs and awards)
- Customer service goals (e.g., to receive at least 90 percent positive customer feedback)
- Website traffic goals (e.g., increase the traffic by 30 percent).
Do you know what all these goals have in common? Right, they are measurable. That’s how you should create your own goals as well.
2. Join a Network of Industry Leaders
Being a member of a group of leaders allows getting more knowledge about leadership.
Whether you join a LinkedIn group or an informally created one, the experience can be quite beneficial for your career.
If the group’s manager reviews your profile and approves your request, you become a member. That’s when learning from other professionals and sharing experiences comes in.
3. Surround Yourself with Mentors
This is important for young leaders and can be for experienced ones (life is a never-ending learning process, right?) This is a good idea even if you’re not a part of a large company.
If you have no idea what you might need assistance with and advice for yet, you still need a mentor by your side.
This doesn’t mean that the mentor should be with you in the office at all times. For example, if the person you would like to be a mentor cannot meet with you, connect via social networks.
As a result, you will have a great opportunity to get advice when you need it the most. Also, this strategy will allow you to fill or supplement your lack of experience.
4. Staff Your Team and Board Properly
Many leaders think that they should be the most powerful person in their organization. By doing so, they are committing a huge mistake.
If you think of yourself as the most knowledgeable person in your organization, why would you need a team at all? Or the board of directors?
These people are committed to the growth of the organization by sharing expertise and contributing in each of their respective areas. You, in turn, are the integral cog in the company’s machine but just one of many.
By being honest with an assessment of your skills, you’re keeping yourself humble and open to development as a true leader.
On the other hand, who would want to work with a leader who feels the need to be the most powerful, and constantly shows it?
5. Maintain a Positive Attitude
People are naturally attracted to positivity. By being positive about your work and avoiding negativity, you are enhancing your relationships with each person who reaches out to you.
Moreover, many of them will begin to resemble your behavior as well, which leads to a happier workplace.
Here is a quote by Richard M. DeVos, which is one of the top ten quotes about the positivity of Richard Branson: “Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”
So try to maintain a positive attitude to get corresponding results.
Here are a few tips to start:
- Hang out with positive people
- Use positive language (“amazing,” “fantastic,” and “awesome”)
- Have “me time.”
While developing when you have all the power may seem easy, making a real impact in an organization requires more than commanding.
By achieving these quick wins, you will begin to truly impact the lives of others from the very first day.
Position yourself for greater success as a leader, and remember, hard work and positivity can bring positive results.
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