Being a good leader is more than just being able to manage your employees or having better skills than your subordinates. Oftentimes leaders arenít very skillful or very smart, but they earn respect from their underlings and therefore earn their cooperation. Being a good leader entails responsibility and willingness, not just skill and intelligence.
Many leaders have different strategies toward leadership, some may or may not work for certain situations, but as you go down the road to understanding those under you, itíll be much easier for you to adapt.
For the beginning or aspiring leader, there is no actual recipe to get to your goal of being a good leader, however, there are foolproof ways which can be applied in any situation, these can be good stepping stones for you and once youíve seen reactions and results, you can go from there.
Know your Place
A leaderís main objective is finish the job assigned to him. Under this main objective is the sub-objective of building a team that can get the job done in the fastest or most efficient way. Support is also very crucial, being the leader doesnít mean you get to sit down all day. The leader gets all the responsibility, he gets the praise as well as the blame and should be the most hardworking of all.
Be honest with yourself; know your capabilities, specialties and strengths. Be aware of your weaknesses and mistakes. Build a team that can support your weaknesses and can complement your strengths.
Plan carefully and have your people with you when you do
Your teamís opinion should be first priority; after all, they will be the ones doing the job with you. Develop your own objectives and ask their opinion on it. Make sure of the scope of the project as well as its limitations. Make sure that all objectives are covered and all plans are doable, all of course with your team beside you.
Make every Project an opportunity for experience and development
A job isnít only a job that you have to finish. Make it a learning experience, an additional level for your leadership as well as managerial skills. Make sure that you learn something from what you do.
Develop your team as well
Make sure your team goes along with each other. Undo knots and straighten bumps as early as possible. Talk, communicate and help them with their work. Give your team a challenge without insulting them, give them responsibilities that will strengthen them as well as interest them. Constructive criticism helps a lot and a caring leader who gives it will ensure a better end product.
It is also wise to train your team as well as your managers. Make sure that the training, developing and support is implemented throughout the whole team or the whole organization. You canít expect to be a good leader in the eyes of all your underlings if youíre the only one thatís supportive and caring and the managers under you arenít.
Listening and Patience can come in very Handy
Sometimes a new pair of eyes is all you need to get a difficult job done. Just think of 10 ñ 20 new sets of eyes. Be able to consult and get your team involved in a project. This not only improves the end result but also builds you up among your comrades.
Praise and blame come together, one should be loud, the other soft
Praise is what everyone wants; a small pat on the back can do wonders on a tired mind. Blame is what every one hates, and even though you know you are at fault, thereís a difference between getting blamed and getting a ìbetter luck next timeî. Respect and trust are important in a leader, once your subordinates know they could trust you to be fair and caring, theyíll be more willing to listen to what you have to say.
People around you are people like you. Learn from them, never alienate anyone. ClichÈ as it may seem, treat everyone as a family. An Informal atmosphere combined with a business tone can help a lot with team satisfaction. The happier the team with what they do the better the output.
Be open to change
Change is what we do; the world changes and so should you. Changes should be for the best and with the support of the whole team.
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