3 Ways to be a Better Leader Right Now

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We see countless posts, attend endless training seminars and conferences, and read the latest business books to improve our leadership skills. Leadership vs. Management, Leadership vs. Authority, Leadership vs. Dictatorship and I could go on for this entire post.

No matter how you choose to define leadership, the main thing we are interested in is, how do we recognize it and how do we get better at it. At the grass roots level it’s about working effectively and motivating people so that you can accomplish goals together.

During my many years in business I have worked with only a handful of people I would consider good leaders. These are the 3 most powerful things they had in common:

1. They Shared Knowledge: They told their people what was going on and why. They provided resources to help their team grow and develop. They let us try things and then debriefed so we could learn from our successes and our mistakes.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

Jack Welch

2. They Asked Questions and Listened to the Answers: When they were speaking with you, you felt like you had their full attention. This is also often called charisma. They asked insightful questions and listened to what you have to say. They were curious as to why you used an approach to solve a problem. If something did not work they wanted to know what you learned from that experience and what you would do differently next time.

“Listening is being able to be changed by the other person”.

Alan Alda

3. They did what they Said they were going to do:

In the end it’s all about trust. You can’t be a leader if your people don’t trust you to do what you said you would do. If for some reason you can’t deliver then you owe them an explanation.

Remember people don’t have to like you, but they have to feel you are a man/woman of your word. It’s not about keeping people happy with false promises. It’s about integrity and admitting if you were wrong.

You can implement these 3 steps now and see the impact immediately.

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”

 John Buchan

 

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