A key and immediate benefit—one that many people do not realize—is that increasing your leadership skills will help you win the game of life. And I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like to win! It doesn’t matter what you do for a living – if you exude leadership qualities, you will outperform others.

I’ve seen evidence of this working in many different industries and many differently sized organizations with a variety of strategic visions, missions, and objectives. There is one thing they all have in common: They need people to get results.

When you can control the way you interact with people, the size of your company doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if you work at a highly technical manufacturing organization or a professional services firm.

All people in the workplace have common needs. They want to go to work, do their jobs, and make a difference. They don’t want to be involved with all of the “people problems” and drama that plague too many organizations.

Five Outcomes of Winning at Leadership

With proper use of your leadership skills and talents, you will excel and achieve the following:

1. Attract and retain quality people.

People are attracted to great leaders. They want to follow someone they believe in and someone who believes in them. The Leader provides such a positive and powerful influence, which allows people to flourish. As a result, the best in the business want to work for him or her.

2. Get more done with less people.

When you have a quality team, you’ll find that it doesn’t need to be massive. A few  talented people is all it takes. Leaders build teams that can multitask, who can manage themselves, and take initiative to get jobs done. This is so that the leader may concentrate on the big picture.

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3. Achieve performance expectations.

Great leaders accomplish goals and exceed what others expect of them. Because of their honesty and candor in their daily interactions with others, people know they can count on their leader, and reward them accordingly.

4. Develop leadership teams.

A big part of being a great leader is trusting others enough to handle priorities. Effective leaders know they can’t do it all. Instead, they trust their managers, supervisors, and teams within the department to spearhead different projects, areas, or work with customers.

They know that the only way to win is to put those future leaders-in-training in charge. Now, the leader is free to focus on leadership development instead of getting caught up in day-to-day dealings.

5. Establish a connection with customers.

Leaders understand that internal and external customers are the lifeblood of the company, and that unhappy customers are a big drain on profits.

Great leaders strive to keep all customers satisfied (especially the internal ones!) and succeed because of the organizational culture they have created within the workforce.

Leaders Game Plan

Wow! What a list of benefits and rewards for becoming strong leaders! What is one leadership action you will take to increase your leadership score?

Take a moment and let us know in the comments section below so we can get ideas on how to grow as leaders. Thanks!

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Dr. Mary Kay
Dr. Mary Kay is a business leadership strategist, executive coach, trainer, author, and founder of the About Leaders community and drMaryKay.com. She’s consulted with hundreds of companies and trained thousands of leaders. Her Ultimate Leader Online course helps managers become more confident, decisive leaders. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.