It’s the age old adage: are you born a leader or can it be taught?
Whether it’s choosing who to promote to ‘Manager’ at a business, who deserves to be the captain of a football team or who’s in charge of the TV remote at home, leaders are not always chosen solely on their experience of doing the job!
Leaders are often chosen due to an intrinsic talent they have for organising, directing and being respected by peers.
Although some are born with it and some without, there are techniques you can master to level the playing field and give yourself the confidence to go for those job roles which you previously wouldn’t have gone for.
There are also born leaders who don’t fully utilise their gift; there is always room for improvement whether you’re an accomplished CEO, director or manager.
So without further ado, take a look at our 5 step leadership checklist and see where you’re going right, going wrong and where you can improve:
1. Do you have a clear and achievable vision?
Leaders will always strive for the very best, and they will stop at nothing to achieve it. Although a true leader will do anything to succeed for themselves and their team, a leader knows that realistic goals must be set.
Are you an optimist or a realist? Truth is, you should be both! (As long as it’s not a pessimist!) Pessimism kills colleague morale but remember, it’s not pessimism to tell staff where they’re going wrong and how they can improve. As long as it’s constructive!
2. Are you ultimately focused on the core goals needed to succeed?
A good leader will not let emotion play a part in a crucial business decision or be swayed by personal feelings. Ultimately, the best leaders do what is right for the company.
Whilst I’m not suggesting that leaders should be completely void of any emotion or consideration for outside factors, it’s a truism that the biggest morale boost you can give to your team is demonstrable success.
3. Are you continually making time to communicate ideas and teach your team new things?
A strong leader will invest in his team as much as he invests in himself.
They are known for the way they eagerly listen to staff and for the questions they ask of them. A leader’s door should always be open to their staff and the queries/problems/ideas that they have to offer. It makes for an all-round more knowledgeable team.
4. Can you keep your head when all about you are losing theirs?
Then you’ll be a leader my child!
The difference between a good leader and a great leader is that even when they realise that things are going wrong, they will keep a level head and conduct themselves in the right manner.
These leaders maintain an uplifting mentality and refuse to give up.
They understand that things, from time to time, can get rough and by showing strength and by portraying calmness in the most testing times, your staff will remember it and respect you for it in the good times.
5. Do you always reward outstanding performance?
True leaders will evaluate their people and put them in the best positions for them based on their strengths and weaknesses.
Leaders will consistently reward people for hitting goals and completing tasks correctly. They understand that if they don’t appreciate their top performing staff members, then somebody else will!
Leadership abilities can always be worked on, fine-tuned and measured. Never stop exhibiting your influence and making your organisation a better place to work.