Throughout history many leaders have inspired us to change the world from Gandhi to Alexander the Great. These particular leaders didn’t leave a mark by just hanging out. They led by taking action, inspiring people to follow them.
Today, many leaders care more about their positions than the work that is right in front of them. Leadership isn’t about the title next to your name. It’s about the execution of what your company needs. Effective leadership takes strength and commitment to do the right thing.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
Leadership is the process by which one individual influences the behaviors, attitudes, and thoughts of others. A leader’s actions are set to an unspoken standard of what is appropriate and what is not. The followers learn about acceptable behaviors through observation. One simple example is the dress code in your office. With wearing a certain style to work, followers will watch and imitate everything the leader does. To lead by example, follow these important steps:
- Do the work that others expect you to do.
- Be positive as often as possible.
- Allow others to approach you anytime.
- Remain consistent at all times.
Some people are put in positions of authority, but it is up to the leaders to gain respect and trust of their followers. Followers need to see their leader doing what is right for the team; that is supporting, developing, nurturing, and defending in the good times and the bad. When you establish yourself as a leader, remember that actions speak louder than words and motivate people to do their best work for the best of their ability. Keep complacency at bay!
A leader isn’t always perfect. Being a leader means admitting to your mistakes and keeping the constant building of trust and honesty with your team. It is not refreshing to see that people who lead have faults, but failure in general can help companies innovate.
There are many ways to improve your leadership skills throughout your career. Training programs like Emotional Intelligence will help you learn how to manage stress, identify the strengths and weaknesses with your team, and more. Keep building trust and respect, practice these leadership activities on a regular basis, and your team will follow.
Leadership Activities To Try At Work
- Cultivate your Improv Skills
- Work on Communication
- Stop Setting Deadlines and Shooting Down Ideas
- Ask, don’t instruct.
- Implement Employee Engagement Tools (and USE THEM!)
- Don’t steal my sandwich!
- Team building, of course.