Leadership is a challenging and demanding role, and it is easy for leaders to get caught up in the everyday minutiae of management. However, it is essential for leaders to remember the basics of leadership and not drift away from them.
Here are things that great leaders can never afford to forget if they want to succeed in leading:
Stop micromanaging: As a leader, it can be tempting to want to control every aspect of your team’s work, but this can lead to a demotivated and disengaged workforce. Instead, great leaders trust their team to do their job and give them the autonomy to make decisions. This not only leads to a more productive team but also helps in developing leadership skills in team members.
Never forget you have experts: As a leader, it is important to recognize that your employees are experts in their field. Great leaders trust their team to do their job to the best of their abilities and instead of telling them how to do it, leaders should focus on providing guidance and support. This not only helps in utilizing the full potential of employees but also shows trust and respect towards them.
Never forget to communicate: Effective communication is essential for any leader. Keeping employees informed and up-to-date on important information will help to build trust and ensure that everyone is working towards the same goals. Clear and consistent communication also helps in avoiding any misunderstandings and promotes transparency throughout the whole organization.
Never forget integrity: As a leader, your integrity is essential for building trust and respect among your employees. Leaders must always act with integrity and lead by example. A leader’s integrity and character not only helps in building trust but also helps in setting a moral compass for the whole organization.
Never forget to be accessible: As a leader, being available and accessible is crucial for building trust and fostering a positive work culture. Being approachable and available helps in addressing any concerns and issues in a timely manner that are happening in the organization.
Never forget you create the culture: As a leader, you are responsible for setting the culture of your organization. Your attitude and behavior will set the tone. It will let people know what is expected in the culture of the organization. This will help maintain a positive and respectful attitude among all employees.
Never forget your leadership is contagious: As a leader, your actions and behavior has a ripple effect on the whole organization. Therefore, it’s essential to lead by example. Leading by example not only helps in setting a standard for others to follow but also shows a sense of accountability and responsibility for you, as their leader.
In conclusion, great leaders can never afford to forget the basics of leadership which is to do right by those they lead. leaders can ensure they are leading their organization to success, when they remember what is right to do by their employees.
Lead From Within: A leader must always be aware that their actions and behavior are being observed so it’s essential they never forget how to handle themselves.
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What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.