How to Become a Better Leader

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As a business owner, one of the most important elements in being successful is being a good leader. There is no single definition that determines what it means to be a good leader. In most cases, being a good leader means being able to inspire the people below you to reach and even exceed all of the goals that they set out to achieve. Here's how to become a better leader:


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A good leader can help bolster the productivity of a company while a bad leader is harmful to the bottom line.

What Is Representative Of a Good Leader?

There is a wide range of factors that go into making someone a good leader. In essence, a good leader will be able to manage their employees effectively, which is something that can be accomplished in a variety of ways.

It's important to understand that one type of leadership will likely not work for everyone in your organisation due to the fact that everyone is different.

The approach you use to inspire an employee to give their best each work day should be tailored as much as possible to the needs of specific individuals.

You also need to be able to understand when things aren't going well and then take the steps required to reduce these problems without reducing team morale.

When you have clear goals and a set vision, your employees will be able to rally behind these goals and focus on achieving them, especially when you communicate them clearly.

A good leader will also encourage employees even when they make mistakes. These are just a few examples of what a good leader represents.

Steps You Can Take to Become a Good Leader

If you notice that your leadership skills need improvement, there are some steps that you can take. Good leadership is a form of learned behavior, which means that it's never too late to adopt the right practices.

Consider taking some additional courses to assist in achieving your goals.

On Lynda.com you can watch a series of videos or work towards a recognised qualification. Leadership programs can be found at your local university or college or management institute. Or if you prefer distance education then there are online leadership programmes in Ireland, or ACS Distance Education in the UK or Open Colleges in Australia.

All of the following steps should be performed regularly so that they become habitual.

  1. Make sure that your employees always feel safe to speak with you during a meeting or in your office. You want them to feel as though you are approachable and that you will listen to their advice.
  2. Always deflect attention away from yourself. By doing this, you will soon be able to create an environment where your employees will start to believe in themselves, even when completing even the most difficult of tasks.
  3. One of the best ways to work towards becoming a strong leader is by leading by example. Everything that you tell to your employees should be followed when you're at work so that they can be confident you believe in what you're saying.
  4. You need to be strong with every decision that you make whether it's large or small.
  5. When delegating tasks don't be tempted to do them yourself. You never want to give your employees a task only to take it up yourself when you doubt that they are going to obtain good results.

Things to Avoid When Attempting to Become a Good Leader

It's also important that you avoid making some common mistakes.

One of the most destructive character traits for the workplace is stubbornness. For instance, if you won't change your tactics when you notice that employees aren’t responding well to them, it's likely that you will lose their trust and won't be able to lead them with as much authority.

You should never yell at your employees or be curt whenever they make a small mistake. While more significant mistakes may require a reprimand, a bad temper that causes you to play the blame game will only lead to frustration and anger among your employees.

Make sure that you stay away from doubting your employees as they progress through their work. Small issues with an ongoing project can balloon into larger ones that leave the completion of the project in doubt if you don't encourage your employees to solve these issues properly themselves.

Becoming a good leader takes practice, training and patience. It's up to you to lead your company to the success it deserves, so strive to become the good leader your employees deserve. 

Over to you now. How have you worked on leadership for your own company? What have you learned about becoming a leader? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

 

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Comments 1

Brennan Flentge on Friday, 03 August 2018 18:59

Great insight Tony. The sentence "good leadership is a form of learned behavior" stood out to me specifically, I completely agree that it's a learned skill for most people. Even natural born leaders need to learn how to be better and empower their teams to reach goals.

Great insight Tony. The sentence "good leadership is a form of learned behavior" stood out to me specifically, I completely agree that it's a learned skill for most people. Even natural born leaders need to learn how to be better and empower their teams to reach goals.
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