How To Become A Leader

Not all of us are born leaders but with a little knowledge and practice, you can develop the skills necessary to lead your team to success.

Here are some simple guidelines you can use throughout your day to develop the proper mind-set to become a great leader.

Always show respect.

As you go about your normal day, be mindful of how you talk to other people, even in your off-duty hours. It’s easy to be kind to co-workers but what about the guy that bangedhis car door into yours in the parking lot or the baristathat got your coffee order wrong?

Actual respect means that people, all people, are worthy of itregardless of whether they did anything to earn it. Reminding yourself of that throughout your day will help you develop a way of treating people in a mannerthat honors theirexistence.

When you change your behavior to one that fosters an environment of caring, you are encouraging your employees to reflect that behavior.

Communicate confidence.

Communicate in a clear, concise way to avoid any confusion about the expectations. Speaking to your team members is more than just delivering information. The wayyou deliver the message can make the difference between an empowered team and a group of people who just show up for the donuts.

When you are able to see the results of your communication style in the way your team reacts or follows through on achieving goals, you’ll know you’ve made an impact.

Be willing to put in the time.

Having a presence in the workplace and being there to recognize individual achievements goes a long way when it comes to developing a strong team. Give credit where the credit is due and be generous with praise. Developing those around you to take on extra responsibility helps to instill a sense of ownership. Practice the art of letting go and be willing to forgive when people make mistakes. Truly listen when a team member speaks to you and do things for them rather than promoting your own agenda.

Instill passion.

Being passionate about what you do isn’t always enough to inspire others to see your dream, you have to communicate that passion too.

Employees need to understand the vision before they can see the pathway to get there. They need to know that what they do means something and can see the end goal.

Make a decision.

Sometimes being the leader means you have to be brave enough to make the tough decisions because ultimately, you’ll be the one taking responsibility and held accountable for the outcome.Don’t be afraid to get the opinions of others around you to help you in making an informed decision.

Be brave.

Facing risk and competition is almost a daily occurrencein the workplace so it’s natural to be fearful in the face of uncertainty. Action cures fear so use that fear and formit into a ball of energy that will push you through it.