Leadership is not all about power or importance. Leadership is more about a servant attitude and inspiring confidence and other emotions in the people you're leading. These things are so important, and you must focus on the right leadership skills in order to accomplish them. Perhaps it's time to be looking in a different direction.
Honesty is key to being a great leader. Your people will follow you as the leader. Always lead them into the right direction. If you are an honest leader, people will see that and have a great appreciation for it. You need to remain honest, because that will encourage them to stay honest with others, too.
In order to be an effective leader, you must work closely with your team. Listen to them when they talk, encourage individuality and innovation, and let each member of your team enjoy their individual and group successes. Above all, don't ask a member of your team to do anything that you would not be willing to do yourself.
A good leader should always try to remain optimistic. Even when things aren't going as planned, a leader should be positive so that the people around you will remain positive. No matter what the problem is, a good attitude will give you, and your team, hope that the problem will be handled.
Communicate openly with your team. You must find your own voice. You also need to learn how to express it and how to trust it. When you have ideas and information, you must learn how to share them. Stay accessible and be willing to listen. Integrate your thinking into the whole. Be aware of how your style and presence affect other people.
Walk the talk. Leaders don't say one thing and do another. That is confusing to employees, and demotivating in many ways. Instead live by what you say. Follow through and lead by example. Then you'll have more than employees, you'll have champions who believe in your business and your leadership too.
Be transparent with potential issues as often as possible. Unlike the old leaders who covered up problems, the great leaders of today are more upfront in their communication. How come? It's largely because information spreads like wildfire regardless. The truth will come out either way. How about bring the captain of the ship instead of a passenger? Great leaders stay on that path.
When you're a leader, you should always make sure that they feel appreciated. Appreciating an employee can make a big impact. Their day will be brightened and their mood lifted; and, it's free!
Stick with your goal. One way that leaders tend to fail is that they "switch sides" when things get tough. Try to stick with the goals you've established, and do what you can to stay on one path until completion. You may have to eventually change paths, but do so carefully and avoid doing it too much. Constantly changes paths can make you appear confused and undetermined to others.
Put what you've just read about to use by thinking about how it applies to your situation. Becoming a leader is vital to moving forward in life the right way because everyone has people that look up to them. Therefore, be sure you're working on providing the right example for the people in your life.
About Author: Michael Beattie
Michael Beattie is an experienced and highly innovative construction professional who has demonstrated technical expertise as Structure Designer and Construction Manager for over 20 years in Ontario Canada. Some of his most recent commercial projects in Ontario include:
- Construction Manager Southcore Financial Centre Toronto Development
- Construction Manager Delta Toronto, a next generation, 45-storey premium 4-star hotel.
- Construction Manager for the Art Gallery of Ontario—Transformation AGO project
- Construction Manager Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
Michael is highly regarded in the construction industry in Ontario Canada as a leader, with a proven track record of producing strong results with a high degree of integrity, dedication and leadership skills. Click here to read more articles from Michael Beattie Blog