Being a leader is not always about standing at the front of a group charging them to make a move. Sometime, just by being an expert in your field and being willing to share your knowledge and experience wit others, you have already become a leader. How well you handle that position however, is what you must be careful about. Here’s what to do:
Effective communication is imperative, both in the office and in life. Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but they also know the importance of listening.
Learn from failures
Too many leaders don’t stop to reward success or recognize employees’ outstanding work but are quick to point out what people do wrong. While it’s good management to learn from what went right or wrong on a project, it’s also important to celebrate achievements.
Never stop improving
Great leaders — indeed, great people — are constantly learning and always trying to improve themselves. There’s always something that you can work on or a new skill to master. Be sure to keep your mind open to new ideas and possibilities.
Accept the challenge
Great leaders embrace the challenge of leadership. To work with people, you must constantly put into practice superior interpersonal and social skills–your job is to motivate, support and remove obstacles so employees can do their jobs.
Be open to new ideas
Great leaders listen to their employees’ ideas. Be open to their ideas and implement them when it makes sense.
Ask for feedback
Your team members aren’t the only ones who can benefit from honest feedback.
Know your limits
Even the kindest, most caring leader has limits. Set your boundaries and stick to them, However when you begin to exceed your limits, get ready to be a pariah or someone that is utterly disliked.
By Damilola Faustino
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