How to Lead Your People with Conviction
Self examination. This is the best way to know whether you are being a good leader or not. You can always say that you are different from all the other leaders out there, from Obama to Yeltsin. Yes, this is very much true. One leader is different from another. What you think may work best for your people may not work for others. The trick here is to ask yourself the question: “Am I being a leader?” You are the only one who can answer that.
By asking this important question, you are now on the road to discovering the truth about what a leader should be and what qualities he or she should have in order to move their team in the direction they want to go. To get to this, you need to go through one major problem that every wanna-be leader has to pass: the problem is called TIME.
Time is essential, especially since you will need time to develop into becoming very good at what you do. It is easy to fall into the trap of having too much to do in today’s life. It is important to devote time and effort when you are still trying to figure out how you can become a good leader.
Good leaders, in whatever position they hold in an organization, take time to have their leadership skills developed. This has a lot to do with how they want to perform the duties and responsibilities at their level. To be able to do this, there are three things that must be considered.
The first is to be open to new ideas that will replace old habits in managerial skills. The second is to bring a new meaning to your position in the company. The third is to widen your network, especially for people who are in the position you desire to be, so you can learn from them.
How are these going to play into your development as a successful leader? Effective leaders must be open to change and development. There is a strong need to self-teach as well as to constantly learn from others. As established earlier, no two leaders are alike, be it in style of management or demeanor. But these diversified styles of management may be your key in learning to handle certain people and situations.
Leaders are made not born
Leadership is something not found innately in most people. Even those individuals who have had a tendency to lead since they were children need to develop and perfect the skill over the years. Leadership needs to be developed.
People who want to become leaders need to reach out and be willing to grow beyond their current comfort zone. This will allow them to explore and educate themselves. Remember that there is more information to be gained from the outside rather than from within you. Once you have gathered enough information, now is the time to assess yourself. The key here is to learn and then apply what you have learned to improve yourself and your management style.
You can’t be afraid of what you might discover. It is through this that you will find out more things that can help you become an effective leader. But try to do this in a fun way rather than through a rigid method.
Having fun while learning is the best way to go.
As a self-professed “manager from hell,” Steve Caldwell learned through the hard knocks of making mistakes while building a career. Today he serves as a leadership coach, mentor and role model guiding high achieving managers to become the strong leaders their companies, employees and the world needs. He is also author of the book Manager Mojo – Be the Leader that Others Want to Follow (available on Amazon).
“In all arenas, we suffer from a lack of leadership talent,” Steve observes. “Every day employees are promoted into management with no training or support to guide their development into leadership positions. You don’t have to be born to lead. You can learn to lead.” He can be reached by email at Steve@ManagerMojo.com or by phone at (415) 670*9543.