“Leadership is not just something you do; it’s something you MUST do. Leadership is a responsibility.” – Ryan Evans
As CEO and Founder of Elamant, I am called to lead a massive online community of over 300,000 members and staff. This responsibility is one that I could never take lightly, and it’s something I have to work at every single day. Over the last few years in this role, I have learned what it means to be a leader and what it takes to be a leader. Here are 6 of my best tips to help elevate you in your role!
Lead By Example
Talking the talk just won’t cut it. If you want to be a good leader, you have to walk the walk! No matter what position you’re in now, you probably didn’t start there. You know that as an employee, you look to those higher up to set the tone for the entire workplace. What they do and how they act have a direct impact on how you view your own position. Here are some ways you can effectively lead by example.
Bring a Positive Attitude
Do What You Say You’ll Do
Learn From Your Team
Follow the Rules
Trust Your Team
Leading by example will help inspire your team, motivate them, and keep them showing up ready to succeed!
Fall (And Get Back Up)
A leader isn’t perfect. In fact, no one is, and you’ll have to remind yourself of that often. You will mess up, and you will make mistakes, but most importantly – you will fall and get back up! When this does occur, your team will rarely pay attention to the mistake that was made but how you, as a leader, handled it. Will you place the blame on someone else, or will you take ownership and use it as a teaching moment?
I strongly encourage the second option.
You’ve worked hard to get to where you are. Someone, somewhere out there, thinks you have what it takes to lead a team of individuals to business-wide success. So, be confident in yourself! With leadership comes responsibility, and in many cases, you’ll have to make the tough calls.
Make your decisions with no second thoughts or hesitation, and go with your gut because it’s your job to know what works and what doesn’t. You’ve got this!
Put Your Team First
The best kind of mindset you can have for your team is an employee-centric one. What does that mean? Well, let me tell you. An employee-centric mindset believes the simple fact – if my employees are happy FIRST, they will produce their best work. Think about it! If your team feels valued, heard, and happy, they are more likely to show up to work excited and ready to crush those goals. Some simple ways you can execute this style of leadership are making sure your team members have what they need to succeed, asking for regular feedback, and cheering them on when they need it!
Communication is KEY! We’ve all heard the saying, right? Well, it’s true, and definitely in the workplace. Here are some ways you can practice effective communication.
Provide Clear Information
Set Expectations Early On
Offer Constructive Criticism
Address Issues In Person
Creating a strong work environment with a connected team is the result of these simple tips. And as a pro-tip, remember that not everyone has the same communication style, so be patient!
Have An Open Mind
Finally, a good leader should have an open mind. Lucky for you, your team is full of diverse individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and ideas to share. The smartest thing you can do is take advantage of this! Embrace change, ask for their opinions, test their unique ideas, and listen when they disagree with yours. This will result in better relationships and even better work produced.
I’d like to close with a quote from John Maxwell. It says, “Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” And that’s really what it’s all about! I hope these tips help you and that you’ll execute them in your own team or business.
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