To be a great leader, you first need to be able to share your vision and inspire those around you.
Keep in mind that inspiration is not always about motivational speeches and grand gestures – sometimes it’s the simple things that make all the difference.
So, the next time you find yourself in a leadership position, try out these tips and see how your team responds.
1. Show your appreciation for others
Do you tend to take the people around you for granted? This could be a big mistake when it comes to leading others. Leaders are quick to appreciate their teams, and they do so in an appropriate way that connects with the person or the team on the receiving end of it. For example, some people do not like to have attention on them and would appreciate being recognized in a quiet manner. While others enjoy the fanfare of being recognized publicly in receiving awards, trophies etc.
The importance of learning about your team members individually is very important so you can show appreciation constructively. The key is to make sure others know that you care about them and what they contribute to the team.
2. Get serious about your listening skills
There’s no denying it, good communication is an important part of business success. After all, if you can’t communicate your ideas, then how can you expect others to follow you? But what is good communication exactly? It means being an active listener. That means not just waiting for your turn to talk but actively engaging with the ideas of your team members, so everyone feels heard. Great leaders learn how to ask GREAT questions and then listen at a deep level to the meaning behind the answers.
3. Don’t forget to have some fun
There’s no need for big group events all the time. That’s not what we’re suggesting at all. But you should always work to keep things fun, lighthearted, and positive. Getting everyone together for a quick lunch or bringing in some office games can go a long way toward boosting morale and inspiring others. Having fun when the company reaches certain levels of success can be a motivator, build culture, and builds a message that there is a reward for achievement.
4. Set your people up for success
Do you follow through with your people? To be a good leader, it’s critical that you follow through on the promises you make to those around you. It is important that you lead by example. You can’t expect others to do their best work if they don’t know what that looks like or what roles they play. There is a quote, we always use “the Leader sets the pace for the speed of the race”.
5. Don’t try to do it all yourself
You’ve probably heard this before, but good leaders are very good at what they do. But there’s a flip side to that, too – true leaders accept the help of their teams. If you’re trying to be everything for everyone, then you’re not doing those around you any favors. When it comes down to it, people want to feel like they’re valued and that their work makes a difference.
There’s a lot of information about how to lead others, but it can be hard for some people to find their own leadership style or know where to start. It doesn’t have to be that way! All you need is the right approach and dedication from yourself.
If you want help finding your path as a leader in your business, reach out for your Complimentary Strategy Session today. We would love to work with you on developing an effective plan so you can inspire your team members while getting them excited about what they do every day.