I've said this in previous posts and I'll say it again: You don't choose to lead people, they choose to follow you. People want to follow someone who protects their interests, demonstrates integrity and leads by example. These concepts can be found in leadership books throughout time.
When it comes to strengthening your leadership skills daily habits are important to analyze. What are you doing today that is making you a better leader? What habits do you need to stop to become a better leader? Where do you stand with your team right now?
You don't wake up great at anything in life or business. Behind every great CEO, athlete or politician you will see a regimented set of habits and unparalleled work ethic that is exercised daily. The greats realize the small daily habits and actions will add up to represent a greater body of work.
Your daily actions may appear small in appearance but they are huge in importance.
1.They are accountable for everything.
And I mean everything. If you're a leader, that means being accountable for everything that happens within your organization.
If a customer is angry at your business because of an experience they had with an employee, that's not your employee's fault, it's yours. Great leaders take accountability for every nook and cranny within their business even if it doesn't feel like they were directly responsible.
2. They are learn-it-alls, not know-it-alls.
No one likes a know-it-all. Microsoft CEO interview with Business Insider where he summed up a lesson from the book Mindset in a sentence: "Don't be a know-it-all; be a learn-it-all."Satya Nadella said it best in an
When you're committed to learning, you're saying you're committed to improving. Constant improvement, even in small doses daily, will make you a better-suited leader in the future.
3. They are the hardest worker in the room.
If you want to be CEO you better be the hardest worker in the room. No matter what physical tools or IQ you were born with, work ethic is a choice. Being a leader in a company means sayings like, "first one and last one out" are not a cliche but a truism in your life.
4. They don't beat around the bush.
Communicating clearly and directly minimizes the chances of being misunderstood. Being a leader means you will have to:
- Outline the company vision and directives with clarity.
- Have difficult conversations.
The difficult conversations aren't fun, but they're an inevitability you will face. Whether it's giving criticism, letting someone go or negotiating, there will be a time when it's not easy. In these situations have a bias for candor.
5. They listen more than they talk.
Great leaders don't wait to speak, they listen. Focusing on listening to your team members does two things: It gives you a chance to gather the most information before giving direction and makes your team members feel heard.
6. They reverse engineer their team's wants.
They say the golden rule is, "treat others the way you would like to be treated." Great leaders don't do this.
Instead, they treat others the way they would like to be treated. Some people on your team will be motivated by financial incentives. Others will be motivated by an opportunity to learn.
Once you find out what each member of your team wants from their position at your company you can reverse engineer your incentives from there.