A leader makes people work.
A good leader makes people work hard.
A successful leader makes people want to work hard.
What does it take to be a successful leader?
They are the core, the power and intellect behind their organisations. Knowing when to seize opportunities and steer their brand around pitfalls. They surpass the title of ‘boss’; they are the epitome of charisma, enthusiasm and self-assurance. These skills may not come naturally but can be learned and enhanced over time.
Grow and build your success with these vital traits of a powerful and successful leader.
Encourage creativity – Be Innovative
Leaders must have the courage to take risks and experiment. Be creative with ideas and open minded to new strategies. Encourage people to spend more time exploring new ideas through brainstorming and prototyping. Be patient, it’s all about trial and error. Who knows the new ways you can think to steer your business in the right direction. The possibilities are endless!
Manage Complexity – Be Proactive
To be a successful leader you must be great at problem solving. Being able to make decisions under pressure and fast shifting circumstances is essential. You must be able to assess a situation and respond and choose appropriate action. Don’t leave things too late. Be proactive not reactive!
Have a vision for the future – Be able to adapt
Times are a changin. Just because something worked in the past doesn’t mean it will work now. To be an exceptional leader means having the ability to have a vision: make concrete goals that will positively impact the business. You need to be able to manage change while striking a balance between stability and growth. Integrate new approaches but don’t get distracted from the main goals. See how your business can evolve over time.
Be accountable and responsible – Be a role model
Make mistakes and hold yourself accountable, if you expect this of others you must be able to do it yourself. Show that you are responsible for your actions. Accountability also improves performance, by building a culture of accountability on the onset, you rid your organisation of ineffective behavior. Inspire confidence; use power and authority appropriately without overwhelming or overpowering employees. Provide the right support, when people know that you’re listening and concerned about their performance, they’re more likely to step up and do their best. Watch the trust grow!
Self managing – Always be aware
How can you possibly manage others productively if you can’t manage yourself well? You need to be able to prioritise your goals and be responsible for executing them. Always be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Act strategically – Prepare to adjust
Take a step back and assess your business. Be prepared to adjust your strategies to capture emerging opportunities or tackle unexpected challenges. Take action when needed and be open minded to trying new ideas.
Be an effective communicator – Know when to talk, know when to listen
Communication is key, make sure you be specific. If people dont understand then they will fall short. Communicating doesn’t just mean a one to one or a group setting. It is built on non verbal methods such as phone, email and social media too! Make sure you are approachable and willing to listen to other ideas.
Team building – Build and promote teamwork
Team building builds a stronger team, strengthens relationships within the team and builds capacity in your team to achieve results – the foundations for a business to succeed. Build trust and see how far your team can go.
Build lasting relationships – Motivate your staff and network.
Inspiring your employees to want to achieve goals is simple.
Genuinely make an effort to make them feel like a valued asset to your company and see how hard they will push to achieve success. Also, creating a wide network of people can establish useful relationships with customer, clients, partners and even competitors!
Agility – Know when to change tactics
Strength of leadership is based on ability to adapt to sudden change of circumstance; knowing when to seize opportunities is crucial.
Always have the desire and determination to move forward.
Set goals and achieve them – Don’t give up!
Setting your goals is just a start, however, achieving them can take time. Patience is key, don’t be tempted to give up! Lead by example and motivate. Keep on going when others want to throw in the towel.
Build your skills, build your brand, build your success.