Top 10: Ways to be a Leader and garner respect
by Elena Zanfei
Corporations successfully hitting their goals, entrepreneurs running a thriving business and heads of loving and thriving families have all learned one thing; a good leader always leads by example. When a leader’s actions are aligned with what they say, they become the type of person that others want to follow, partner with, do business with, and listen to. On the contrary, when leaders say one thing yet do another, they erode trust, a critical component of personal and professional success.
A strong company, a successful business a cooperative and loving family all need a great leader at the helm to steer the team needed to make it happen.
There are many ways in which we can increase our ability to lead and the effectiveness or our leadership; here are 10 such ways.
1. Take responsibility. When you blame others for unfavorable outcomes, your credibility is compromised; it places team members, business associates, clients and family members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real leadership and success. When you take ownership of the outcomes you have created, good or bad, it demonstrates the power of personal accountability as it brings with it the opportunity to learn from that outcome and the ability to course-correct for improved future results.
2. Be truthful. Inaccurately representing information affects everyone you collaborate with. Dis-honesty makes a person dis-trust you and creates an environment of uncertainty. As a leader your actions must serve as an example and being dishonest gives others the false sense that untruth is acceptable. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
3. Be courageous. A great leader always walks through fire (a crisis) first. Taking calculated risks will always demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose and model personal strength.
4. Acknowledge failure. Being able to acknowledge failures gives your team, partners, collaborators and family members the approval to do the same. Demonstrating that failure is a natural part of the process of becoming extraordinary shows a high level of emotional intelligence since you are able to separate your ‘worth’ as a person from the ‘out-comes’ you experience. The worth of a man is never measured by his accomplishments or his failures.
5. Be persistent. Try and try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company, team, business or family. Demonstrating the strength of tenacity and determination to find ‘a way’ will encourage those you lead to also stay the course when they encounter their own obstacles in life. This is a great success habit to model and develop.
6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more. We are wired to find solutions to problems and you demonstrating this to your team will help them develop the mind-set that with every problem there are many solutions and ways to resolve it. Instilling a ‘problem-solving’ mentality in your team requires that you show them how it is done.
7. Listen. Ask questions with the desire to truly understand. Don’t be quick to jump into responses but rather continue to ask until you have a clear understanding of the situation. When you do so, you will receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
8. Delegate liberally. Leaders who hold on to too many tasks and roles have not learned to leverage their strengths in the most productive way. When we hold on to too much we are in essence robbing others of their best roles while overloading ourselves. An effective leader is able to distribute the work-load in a way that leverages other people’s abilities and in this way, encourages an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths in support of the greater goal or objective.
9. Take care of yourself. When we are not operating at our full capacity our outcomes begin to deteriorate and our ability to be great leaders suffers. We can’t lead by example when we are not well-balanced. A great leader understands the importance of exercise, taking required breaks and having all around good self-care habits. How we treat ourselves as leaders greatly sets the tone for those who follow us. A mentally and physically well-balanced team is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!
10. Roll up your sleeves. A great leader understands the importance of participation and demonstrating a collaborative effort. There is no better way to do this than to pitch in and do the work with your team. Not all the time, but when it’s required from you. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company, business and family.
A good leader understands that every action either moves his team closer to the desired objective or further from it.
Be a great leader!
P.S. When you are effectively leading your life, your business and/or your family, your actions matter greatly. How are you doing in carrying out the 10 steps discussed above? Are you strong in how you lead? If you struggle with any of them and you want some help in understanding why or how, then I’d love to talk with you. I can help you identify what thoughts/beliefs might be getting in the way and how to work through them. There is no pressure, I just want to help you get clarity.
Click HERE to ACCEPT my Free gift and schedule your “Maximize your ONE Life” Strategy Session Valued at $135.
I can’t wait to speak with you and give you some great ideas to implement NOW.
P.S.S.Please leave your comments below. Let me know if this information was helpful to you and if so, please pass it on and SHARE it with others!! You never really know who might need this message at this time.
Please leave your comments below. Let me know if this information was helpful to you and if so, please pass it on and SHARE it with others!! You never really know who might need this message at this time.