The topic of leadership is one of the most talked about topics there is, especially when it comes to improving yourself. There is no doubt that being a good leader is a huge part of having any kind of success. You have to have the ability to lead yourself and those you work with in order to get maximum effort and return on your inputs.
There are literally thousands of tips out there for being a good leader. In today’s blog, I would like to give you seven practical and brief things that you can work on today to make yourself a better leader today. Consider these as 7 “you have to” things that really can’t be missing if you want to be considered a good leader. Being a good leader is not rocket science, but it does take some deliberate effort on your part to constantly work to improve yourself as a leader. Here is a good start for today.
You have to be adaptable
Things change fast these days. Real fast. You must lead a team that responds accordingly so you can stay on top of the curve.
You have to be moldable
You must personally change fast too…or you’ll be left behind. This does not mean you have to change your values, beliefs or convictions. In fact, that will work against you these days. People would rather be on your team and disagree with you some (difference of opinion is more acceptable today) than for people to think you are wishy-washy in what you claim to believe.
You have to embrace a team approach
There are no Lone Rangers today. Everyone works in teams. Teams get more done and it is just foolish and unproductive to try to do everything yourself. You will never keep up.
You have to consider social responsibility
People want their individual work to make a difference. they also want the place where they spend their time, whether paid or volunteer, to make a difference. As a leader, you need to make sure that what you are doing will make a difference when it comes to the big picture.
You have to think bigger than today
Tomorrow is coming quicker than ever before and people are looking for leaders who can provide competent direction and consistent encouragement. If you are only concerned about where you are at today, you will quickly get left behind.
You have to be willing to serve others
People will no longer follow an autocratic leader. They are less loyal than ever. If you want to remain their leader, you must prove you care for them personally. Trust is more important than having all the answers. A great leader is focused on serving those who work for them.
You have to allow others to receive credit and assume authority
It’s what attracts leaders to your team these days. People love to be recognized and you, as a leader, needs to make sure that is happening. They want to feel they are playing a part in the team’s success. Just remember, your success depends on their success.
These are seven things that are required in leadership positions today. As leaders, we must understand the context of the culture in which we find ourselves. The way we lead, motivate, and recruit people has changed. If we don’t recognize that, we will be less successful in accomplishing what we want to accomplish in our lives.