Today, everyone has to strive to be a leader to be considered a competent worker or a promising administration staffer. It does not matter whether it is actually required at the workplace or not, leadership should be a point of consideration (or at least mentioned now and then). We won’t discuss if this approach is even reasonable and will instead look at how an idea of leadership becomes hollowed out by this approach. The next logical question will be what leadership is, or rather, how successful leadership manifests itself, and how you can incorporate true leadership into your tasks and interactions.
That’s a very elusive concept, interpreted in many ways. Yet when we hear a person, say, for the first time, get what the person says, internalize the message, and become ready to follow, we can say for sure that we hear (and see) a leader. Hence, a leader is one who has a vision that is meaningful, achievable, and engages others. A leader can convey this vision, unite people and help them move towards this goal.
Yes, leadership is more than management or micromanagement. It’s about strategy, long-term goals, and the ability to steer the ship (or team) through good and bad weather. It means that not everyone needs to be a full-fledged leader. But if you do need to fulfill this role (or a dream), you’d better master the skills and abilities of the one. Luckily, you can learn to be a leader, and a good training course will help you awaken an inner leader in your soul.
But what qualities should you cultivate in yourself to be a successful leader (even if only of your working shift)?
Keeping your goals and their details in focus is important. All activities should be subordinated to the main goal, without dispersing efforts and resources.
A leader is not a machine. A leader is a human, and understanding others and getting in their shoes (at least sometimes) is a part of influencing skill.
Getting credits for good results and placing blame on others for bad ones is not leadership, it’s a weakness. A leader owns both mistakes and accomplishments that stem from their decisions. In such a way, a healthy corporate culture of responsibility is established.
Without it, leadership is impossible. Thinking critically and predicting the outcomes are essential, so learn the tools for critically thinking and apply them in making decisions regularly.
Build trust vertically and horizontally
Accountability and integrity, as well as sticking to your word, help you build trust across horizontal and vertical connections among people and teams. If you set high standards by your behavior, people will not be afraid to speak up when troubles brew. They also will not be afraid to share ideas without the risk of someone else benefiting from it.
Conflict settling and tough decisions
That’s important, too. Leadership is not only about patting people on the back. Leadership is about settling conflicts, finding the guilty ones, and restoring justice (or at least, the normal course of events). So be ready to handle hard situations in a polite but decisive manner.
Know the give-and-take rule
You cannot ask people to do something if you don’t do something in exchange. Serve people, and people will pay with the same currency. Leadership is a kind of compromise: you nudge people into a given direction, but you also help them get there. Giving categorical orders and waiting for immediate execution is not leadership, either.
Never shy away from learning and self-improving
Yes, you need to keep your skills sharp and expand the toolkit regularly. Take courses, get some practice hands-on, find a mentor, read books, listen to people – do everything you can to develop your professional persona and then apply the skills you get. That’s the main secret to successful leadership