Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR
Being a great leader is harder than it seems. People assume that all they need is the right opportunity to show off their skills as a leader, and they’ll be on their way to success in no time. However, the truth is that there’s a lot of pressure on the great business leaders of the world, and it takes time to learn how to successfully guide and inspire others.
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The good news is that there are plenty of ways that leaders can learn to be better at what they do. Here are just five things that any leader can do to enhance their skills.
1. Work with Your Team
The best leaders don’t just tell people what they do; they work alongside the people that they lead. This means that leaders get their hands dirty by taking over the complex tasks from time to time and helping out after hours when necessary. Great leadership isn’t just about delegation; it’s also about making sure that everyone can get work done as effectively as possible.
2. Be Humble
Anyone who achieves a leadership position should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. However, it’s important not to let that pride go too far. Nobody feels comfortable working for someone who seems full of themselves and stuck up. Although leaders don’t necessarily need their employees to like them, it helps to have the respect of your followers. Great leaders know that they’re not perfect, and they own up to their mistakes when necessary. Good leaders also don’t spend all of their time searching for approval in the form of compliments.
3. Know that No-one is Perfect
A great leader needs to continually push their team to strive for greatness, but that doesn’t mean expecting too much of them. Great leadership isn’t about berating people when they don’t get enough done – it’s about finding out what’s going wrong, and empowering teams to overcome obstacles to success. If someone makes a mistake, a good leader will help that person learn from their mistake and avoid doing the same thing the second time around.
4. Aspire to Inspire
Leaders don’t get their position just because they have the right title at work. They need to convince people that they’re worth listening to. If a leader’s answer to the question “why” is “because I say so” then they’re not a true leader. The best leaders know how to motivate and inspire others to believe in their mission. Provide people with the information they need to see things from your point of view.
5. Respect People’s Time
Finally, in today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to remember how important it is to respect the time of the people in your team. Long and drawn out meetings are a thing of the past, and today’s leaders need to think carefully about how they can avoid wasting the moments that their team members have. The leaders that respect their people’s time are the ones that will end up with the most productive members of staff.