Being a business leader is hard. Being a leader of business leaders is even harder.
How to be better leader?
The most important qualities of leaders are closely related to their personality. But there is a set of techniques that enables leaders to be better business leaders. Some of these techniques are listed below.
Note those you have already mastered – enjoy your skills! Before you are puffed up, choose a technique that you feel you need to improve and begin to develop it!
There is no need to tell you that there are few leaders who skillfully apply even 5 of the techniques – most of them are busy, overloaded and often do not have the time to grow themselves. And in several years they get surprised by a “rookie” who gets the promotion on their account. But you are the better type – you are looking for, read, practice, and will not let the “rookie” outrun you.
Techniques for better business leadership:
- Always and publicly attribute the success to the team!
- Sincere praise is immediately personally delivered to the employee!
- Between the hammer and the nail: I’m my team’s lawyer to superiors, and superiors’ lawyer to the team!
- Pay respect to the team!
- When the situation allows, let people get to the “right” solution, rather than telling them what to do!
- When feeling a conflict is growing – intervene immediately!
- Be principled and consistent in words and deeds – do not allow “double standard”!
- Actively listen to your team ideas – several heads think better than one!
- Allow people take initiative and responsibility!
- Do not procrastinate taking a tough decision!
- Never criticize the person (if reprimand is needed check here)!
- Do not show uncertainty and insecurity – people rely on their leader (if advice is needed – ask a friend, mentor or consultant)!
- Find time for people (define “regular” meeting hours and stick to them – great leaders’ goal is team growth)!
- Take care about the team spirit – encourage teamwork and prevent individual interests spoil it.
- Таке responsibility for team mistakes in front of superiors (I have assigned the task to the wrong person or I wasn’t insistent on requesting his removal, etc.)!
The list could be much longer if you send useful techniques …