When you imagine a leader, you probably picture the statue of a great president, a military general or some CEO in a power suit. They speak and everyone stops what they’re doing to listen. What they say goes, no questions asked. They were born that way, branded a great leader at birth, and an inkling of self-doubt has never even crossed their mind. That’s the fantasy anyway. But the truth is any of us can step up to be a leader—we all have strengths and talents that can make a difference to those around us. Here’s how to influence your staff as a leader.
A good leader steps up to take responsibility and be accountable for everything that happens under them. Be the one who takes initiative, and don’t hesitate to make difficult decisions or solve a problem. You’re part of something bigger than yourself. There’s a big picture with long-term goals you must contribute to for the greater good. Not only are people counting on you, they’re looking to model themselves after your leadership and example.
Be an optimist
Energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Your attitude as a leader will trickle down and affect your whole team. If you’re flexible, positive and resilient, your team will be too. No obstacle will be too great for you to conquer!
Knowing you’re part of a bigger picture helps keep your ego in check. You need to know when to ask for help and support, when to delegate tasks, and when other people’s strengths might complement your own. You don’t know every answer—turn that vulnerability into a strength by asking questions and utilizing the people around you to meet those larger goals.
We all have fears and uncertainty. Sometimes we’re burdened with heavy demands and the weight of past failures. But you must overcome them, be assertive, and keep aiming to achieve those results. One of the best ways to ensure constant growth is to be curious, ask questions, and constantly try to improve.
Be sincerely interested in others
Your team needs to know they can trust you, and you trust them. Develop strong relationships by showing genuine interest in them. Don’t hesitate to socialize outside of work and ask about their personal lives and how they’re doing. When they know you respect them and care about them, they’ll stay loyal and work hard for you.
Be flexible and adaptable
There’s a lot to be said for a growth mindset—the idea that failures and struggles are learning opportunities. Sometimes a certain procedure or innovation doesn’t work out, which means you’ll have to take what you learned from that mistake and start again. Even the best-laid plans sometimes fail, but the important part is you rebound and keep striving for success.
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