Follow The Leader
Often, the most fleeting contact or conversation has a significant impact on us. The same can be said for our learning. A short, sharp shot of knowledge, delivered engagingly, can stay with us much longer than days spent in training room environments.
Over the next editions of Unleash the Power, I will share my go-to learning across four key business subjects:
Leadership, Self-Awareness, Coaching, and Building High Performing Teams.
First up, Leadership.
“The courage of leadership is giving others the chance to succeed even though you bear the responsibility for getting things done.” – Simon Sinek.
A brilliant leader possesses the combination of personality and skills that make others want to follow them. They must know themselves, have a clear vision that is well communicated, and have the trust of their colleagues to bring success to their team.
Here are twelve top tips for becoming a better leader.
- Know your role and responsibilities, ensure you are competent in them, and identify your development needs.
- Give team members roles and responsibilities, but ensure they know they are part of a team and can share responsibilities, helping each other achieve objectives.
- Ensure that the team members have the necessary skills and training to effectively participate in the team.
- Identify and discuss development opportunities with your team members. Ask them what they want to learn.
- Provide the team with a clear vision of the project objectives and focus on how they can help deliver them.
- Be proactive. Intervene when necessary, but avoid stepping in too early. Taking over could lead to a team member losing confidence and motivation.
- Be prepared to step in when a potential conflict arises between team members. Letting it go can affect team performance and unity.
- Motivate and inspire team members. Lead by example, coach and mentor to help develop people and give them scope to use their skills, knowledge, and initiative.
- Be patient, especially with newly formed teams or with new additions. It may take them a while to adjust and fully understand their role and responsibilities. An established team may take time to accept an idea or change.
- Provide positive and constructive feedback to individuals on their performance and project progress.
- Recognise and celebrate accomplishments and exceptional performance of the team and individuals.
- Create an environment of trust and open communication. Tell everyone what is happening and why they are doing specific tasks. Explain how their role fits into the overall organisational goals, and hold regular meetings where you seek out team members' ideas and suggestions.
Next week, I will be looking at a specific area of Leadership. That of Situational Leadership, and why it is crucial to be able to adapt your style and approach for the modern workforce.
Have a brilliant week!
Dave Rogers, Chief Business Explorer, Fuelled Fit and Fired Up
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