Leadership is often made out to be more difficult than it really is.
Try these five simple things and watch your leadership improve.
1. Be positive
Positivity has a big impact toward successful outcomes of projects. When we lack positivity and we start to see something fail, we just shrug and think, "I knew that would happen." Whereas when we have a positive view of an outcome, we will look to step in and change things to turn them around. Positivity isn't a guarantee of success, but what is certain is that if the leader lacks positivity, so will the team.
2. Take time to listen
Listening to people is one of the easiest ways to show them respect and build trust in the team and also yourself as a leader. If you can go the extra mile and ask a couple of questions, that will increase the impact, and you just might hear something beneficial.
3. Say thanks
Politeness costs nothing, but the return can be invaluable. We all want to feel appreciated, and just a thank-you can make a world of difference to people.
4. Be yourself
I am a strong believer in the power of authentic leadership, but I sometimes feel that people overthink it. So just be yourself, and do it consistently. Nothing should be easier than being yourself.
I know that some people lack confidence and try to put on an image of what they feel a leader is, but my grandma always used to say, "If you're always yourself, you never have to remember whom you were pretending to be," and I think that's great advice.
5. Do what you say you will do
Lastly, and probably most important, if you make a commitment, then meet that commitment. Nothing builds trust in teams quicker than that, and trust is the cornerstone of great leadership.
If you follow these five simple suggestions, it will improve your leadership, create stronger relationships with your teams, and help you achieve better results.