Leadership is not something that comes naturally to people, it is a trait that an individual masters after polishing it over time. It is not something that happens overnight, but it is certainly something that can be gained and mastered with commitment and persistence! Leadership is to be taken on by someone who can maintain a calm attitude and resilience in the middle of the battle in business and their own mind. What does that mean? It means that you must know how to react, respond, and recover from the existing circumstances that can often change in an instant, no matter what. You have a team (or family) to look after, so there really isn’t time for you to second guess yourself and be discouraged. You have to be prepared at all times to be that leader for the group of people that are looking to you for guidance; your attitude, energy, and influence have to be in harmony.
You have to be direct and decisive.
You have to keep in mind that all eyes are on you as a leader; your attitude affects other’s attitudes, the way you speak can affect others positively or negatively, and your overall energy is contagious. So, what you have to do is be on your A-game and today we will give you some tips on how to do so! These are a couple of things that you must be clear on and make clear to those whom you are leading:
Have a high-quality attitude-Y our positive attitude affects everyone around you. Did you know that your attitude determines so much more than your expressions? It also determines your mood, your level of effectiveness, your train of thought, your communication, and your actions.
Self-check: H ow positive is your attitude?
Be the example- When you lead by example there is nothing your team (or family) will not do for you and with you. You must learn that the key to true leadership is to not tell others what to do when you want things done, but show them how the task you give them must be done. Once you show them the how to’s, then you delegate.
Self-check: W hat kind of example are you setting on a daily basis for those around you?
Be likeable- It is a common misconception that just because you are someones “boss” that they will automatically like you and respect you, but it is a little more complex than that. When you educate yourself on the different types of personalities that exist, you will quickly realize that every person that you come across will not always like you just because of a title that you hold, or simply because of the way that you may carry yourself ( your personality may be their polar opposite). This is not a trait that you need to have to be popular or known for whatever reason, but more because it can affect the quality and effectiveness of your leadership. If people on your team like you, have confidence in you, believe you, and trust you, they will begin to follow you. This creates influence; likeability is an open door for influence that you most definitely need when in a position of leadership.
Self-check: How likeable are you and what is your current level of influence like?
4. Be a person of your word- You must always do what you say you will do and fulfill all of your promises. If anything, underpromise and overdeliver on purpose, at least this way you will drop jaws every time you go above and beyond! But, what are promises? Promises are empty words without action. Always keep in mind that you are measured by your words and your deeds. Those who are looking to you for guidance ( especially in the work arena) are measuring you by your follow-through and accomplishments. Basically you walk the talk and produce results!
Self-check: How do you measure up? Do you follow-through with what you promise?
These are just a handful of things that you must be clear and disciplined on before you begin leading others. Always consider the importance of your position; others are looking at you for guidance and often an example who they may want to be. Whether you are a parent of someone in management in the workplace, there is always someone that is looking to you for some sense of direction. Work on being the best version of yourself and others you lead will follow!