There are many great managers, but managers aren’t always effective leaders.
Leadership is more than a position. So, what principles make an effective leader?
Here are 5 things to consider:
- Setting an Example
- Developing People
- Admitting Mistakes
You have to know where you’re going if you want to get there. Your vision is the road map for your organization or department. It’s important for leaders to have a clear cut vision and to be able to communicate it effectively. This helps others know where they fit into the bigger picture and helps them feel connected to a common goal.
This is, perhaps, the most important principle. A leader can have a great vision and articulate it well but lack of trust undermines any great plan. People only follow those they trust.
Setting an Example
Actions speak louder than words. When the going gets tough, your example of integrity and persistence may be the only thing that carries your organization through the storm. When people see a leader practicing what they preach, they gain confidence in the leader and in themselves.
People are your most valuable resource and organizations need leaders at every level. Encouraging the growth of employees and department heads only makes an organization stronger. Knowing that day-to-day your vision is in good hands frees you to strategize and develop ideas for the future.
Even the best of us are still human and we all make mistakes. Instead of covering up and hiding mistakes—which undermines your integrity—simply admit when you’re wrong. By admitting your mistakes, you’re showing that you are wise enough to learn from them.
Being an effective leader is simple, but not easy. It takes a lot of self-discipline and understanding, but the rewards are many.
What are some things you can do today to become a better leader?
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