The following article provides useful pointers on how one should handle their new leadership role. Read an excerpt from the article below, and follow the link at the bottom to read the article in full.
Few of us are natural-born leaders. When most of us are placed in a leadership position, we have to spend some time learning how to effectively lead, mobilize, and inspire people. In order to become better at any job, you have to learn new things and be open to growth and change. This is especially true when you’re given some sort of leadership role.
If you’re new to a leadership role and trying to figure out how to become a better leader (or if you just need to brush up on your leadership skills a bit), keep reading. Here are 5 things you can do to become a better, smarter, more effective leader:
1. Learn to influence, rather than force
When you force employees or other people you’re leading to do things, they often resent you for it. They feel powerless under your leadership, and they become bitter. Once they become bitter, they do whatever it is that you’re forcing them do to halfheartedly, and they keep their eyes open for other opportunities that will allow them to break free from your dictator-style leadership.
As a leader, you should strive to influence those in your charge to work better and try out different ways of doing things. You do this with open, honest conversation and by explaining why you think certain things should be done certain ways.
2. Be transparent
Nobody likes a corrupt leader. Being transparent with employees is the one of the best ways to earn their trust and respect. So, if the business isn’t doing so well, and you made a mistake, be honest about it. Mobilize your team to help you fix your mistake, and make it known that mistakes happen, are OK, and are opportunities to learn.
Being transparent means that you need to make honest, ethical choices. If you’re not up to doing that, you may want to reconsider your role as a leader. Corrupt leaders are usually caught, and they can destroy the fiber of a team.
Author: Carolyn Knight | Full article @ thoughtLEADERS