Being an effective leader includes many aspects, from experience and knowledge right through to planning and strategy.
If you want to really stand out as a leader, then it comes down to how well you communicate with others and what sort of relationships you are building.
Great leaders offer so much more than business knowledge and strategy. They know how to build trust and empower those they work with. Their people skills are what puts them apart and in a superior league to the lesser model of leadership.
We recently had an open chat session with our team and asked them what they see as stand out attitudes in great leaders and what unsuccessful leaders should address if they want to engage their team.
We came up with the following:
1. Positive communication
This would have to be one of the biggest influencers in the workplace. As a leader your influence will carry great weight. If you choose to congratulate and encourage or to order and criticise, your choice will clearly set the tone of your leadership.
A leader who takes the time to acknowledge the hard work of their staff is going to build a strong, trust based team. On the other hand, those leaders who bark orders with little appreciation of the contribution anyone else makes is not going to earn trust or respect.
3. Unite the team
While it’s good to be vulnerable and to let your team know that you are a person, it’s also important to see the vulnerabilities of others and to unite your staff. When there is gossip or dissent taking place, a strong leader will let everyone know there is no place for gossip or petty conflict. A positive workplace is one where every team member feels valued and respected.
4. Empower and develop others
Successful leaders are quick to share their knowledge and do what they can to empower others. They want to grow the leadership and professional skills in members of their team.
5. Take responsibility
A clear tell-tale sign of a good leader is one who steps up and accepts responsibility each and every time. There is nothing worse than a leader who will step aside and let one of their team members take the blame for an unfortunate situation or outcome.
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow
6. Show empathy
A successful leader has a high level of emotional intelligence. They have an understanding of where the other person is coming from, even if they don’t agree with them. Showing empathy to staff members will contribute significantly to positive workplace culture and job satisfaction. We all want to feel understood, a strong leader knows that and makes sure it happens.
Like many other skills, good leadership attitude is something we can all develop if we work on those required skills. If you want to be a successful leader you can make it happen.
How is your leadership attitude?