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Some people are natural born leaders, however, anyone with a passionate drive to learn and develop new skills can also become a great leader. Here’s a simple exercise in helping you recognise the difference between an average leader and a great leader. Think about the best bosses you’ve had in your career and then take time to think about what made them particularly great leaders and how well they motivated you.
If a leader is not self-aware then they will struggle with the process of building a great team. Leaders do not necessarily have every skill required to run a company, hence the need to build a strong team that will play to a leader’s strengths and compensate any weaknesses. Leaders who are not aware of their own developmental needs, may be more confident than they should be, and this can come across as arrogance. One way to get around this is to ask your team for input and listen carefully to what they say. Great bosses are great listeners and if they don’t listen and don’t like what the team have told them then they will go to great lengths to justify their reasons for not agreeing. A truly confident leader will welcome alternative perspectives and opinions. An arrogant leader who is not self-aware will think they know best. It is critical to know the difference between confidence and arrogance if you want to motivate and value your team. A good sense of humility is required to know the difference. Think about a boss that you ever worked for who thought he or she was right all the time, even when they weren’t? When you become a leader, people just automatically look to you for answers and direction. Resist the urge to always just offer direction, especially if you’re not entirely sure what the best answer is. Ask your team for their thoughts and demonstrate your willingness to take their advice – you might be surprised how the culture in your group changes.
A great leader tends to be continually inquisitive and curious. Curiosity demonstrates a strong desire to know or learn something new. Great leaders know everything there is to know about their industry and competitors and instead of holding on to their knowledge, they share it with their team. It’s much more fun to have a team with diverse interests and Leaders who get lost purely in their own business can miss emerging issues or opportunities, as well as connections with other industries.
Authentic and honest leaders who demonstrate the true meaning of integrity are respected by their team. How often have you come across leaders who try to be one thing in the office, and another thing elsewhere. Inevitably, the real person comes out, particularly in times of stress. And, if your team senses that you’re not authentic in your words and actions, they’ll question whether you’ll have their back when issues surface, and it’s a safe assumption that they’ll start looking to move to another job. Great leaders create an organisational culture, built honesty and integrity and hold all employees accountable to these values.
A huge percentage of our time is spent at work so it’s best to enjoy what you do. Just because your work is serious it doesn’t mean that we need to take ourselves too seriously. Particularly when the going gets tough. Good leaders bring huge dollops of humour to the workplace and encourage their team to have fun whilst working. A team who laughs together will have lower turnover and higher productivity.
If you’re selected for a leadership position don’t automatically assume you will become a great leader overnight. As the great Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, once said, ‘experience is the name we give to our mistakes.’ So, don’t despair if you fall now and again. Show your confidence and humility by not being frightened to share your mistakes with your team, try to avoid falling into the same trap again, and work together on building a great work place.
Great leaders are visionary and courageous in taking risks, making sound decisions and believing in their team. They are also great communicators which are key ingredients in sharing the company vision with the team.
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