At some point in their career, every leader looks introspectively at themselves and wonder what it really takes to be a great leader. With many great precedents set before us, it’s no surprise that it can really be quite difficult to nail down the true keys to successful and effective leadership.
Not to mention, it just sounds difficult on the surface!
There are thousands and thousands of resources for leaders but what those books or interviews or webinars tell are stories or advice, not tactics for real success. Why? Because there’s no one definite route to great leadership. However, there are a select few things that remain the same – things that successful leaders can agree are definite must-do’s when it comes to achieving greatness.
Here are a few of those things:
1. Establish trust
When you’re leading others, it’s crucial that there be a certain level of trust between all parties. This means that not only should you trust those that you are leading, but that they need to trust you in return. Understandably, this is not necessarily an easy task. However it can be achieved through smarter hiring, focused training, and active involvement on all levels. Once this trust is established, there will be definite and noticeable improvement across the board in regards to workflow, productivity, and teamwork. Without that trust, on the other hand, these very same facets of your team will most certainly suffer.
2. Be confident
No one expects you to be flawless or know the best solution to everything at all times. However, if you regularly appear to waver in your level of confidence then it will become more and more difficult for others to trust your judgement. No one wants a scattered leader, so make sure that you are doing your research, staying present in the happenings of your team, and striving to make the best decisions.
3. Inspire for greatness
It’s impossible to consider anyone a great leader without a truly great team behind them. It’s also not enough to just be “enough.” Sure, you can do your job and do it well, but to be a great leader you must consistently go even beyond “good enough.” As a great leader, it’s important that you always be actively inspiring your team to continue to grow both together as a team and on an individual basis. If you can inspire a team to work beyond “good enough” and achieve something that is much bigger than themselves, then you too can achieve greatness.
If you can master these 3 things, you are on the right track to becoming a great leader. With a bit hard work, consistency, and a great team you will be amazed at how much you can achieve.