There is a huge difference between being an effective Manager and a Leader. If you consider yourself a leader, or are interested in becoming one, you must first understand that becoming an effective leader is a process, one that never ends. Here’s a few tips (actually 82 of them) to guide you on your journey to becoming a better Leader.
Planning & Strategy
•Understand what the core principles of being a leader are. It’s not about power, but rather about vision, mission, core values, direction and setting the standard for others to follow.
•There are different ways of managing people. So what is your leadership style?
•As a leader you are constantly studying and getting more information to continually improve.
•As you build your business, know how to maintain it and prevent serious failures in the business and the team.
•Constantly analyze and improve the process and systems.
•Be prepared in the event of a ‘disaster’. Have a plan ready and be ready to recover from it and move on.
•Keep ‘garbage’ out of your trash cans and out of your employees heads.
•Know how to identify, recruit, hire and train exceptional employees.
•Having a standardized interviewing process, which means asking the right questions to find the persons core values and work ethic.
•Constantly building trust in your team and your team trusting you.
•Develop and effectively communicate your vision.
•Having your team ‘Own’ the companies goals and vision.
•Interdependence – making sure your employees are sharing responsible principles.
•Mentoring your team by being a strong positive role model.
•Improve yourself by being influenced and studying great leaders.
•Control the culture and core values of your organization and never stray nor sacrifice these.
•Never sacrifice ethics in the workplace as well as your company’s image in your industry.
•Develop strong public speaking abilities to get the message across to larger groups.
•Keep your employees up-to-date with things they need to know.
•Command your own body language and your team members as well.
•Improve your proactive and effective listening skills.
•Speak clearly and concisely using economies of words.
•Proactively deal with difficult situations and set the standard.
Build Trust & Confidence
•Clearly understand and communicate the definition of Trust.
•Believe in your team, and work hard to find the good in all your team members.
•Be open minded to accepting new people, new concepts and ideas into your life.
•Be credible and real by showing vulnerability.
•Be prepared to face your fears, only then can your empower yourself and others.
•Know and understand your positive characteristics and when to use them.
•Know, understand and work hard to improve your weak characteristic and shortcomings.
•Take a look outside yourself and see how others perceive you.
•Set the standards for confidence and charisma and others will be drawn to you.
•Set goals to get you focused on getting important things done first.
•Have an action plan to achieve those goals.
•Stop procrastinating. Remember you can only manage yourself not Time.
•Know when and how to delegate work.
•Get rid of any and all kinds of distractions while working.
•Keep track of your life by writing things down.
•Keep a schedule and stick to it.
•Know your bad habits and how to break them.
•Be responsible for all your actions, words and deeds.
•Be responsible and never deviate from your culture, core values, mission statement, name, brand, and company.
•Practice what you preach.
DWYSYWD (Do What You Say You Will Do)
•You must always be aware of what you’re saying and what your not saying. Does the listener get the message you were trying to communicate?
•Create responsible employees, but also be responsible for their actions.
•Assume responsibility, even when it is not your fault.
•Take care of your health. If you don’t care for yourself, why would anyone think you care at all?
•Teach responsibility to others, including your children.
•Surround yourself with the best and brightest team.
Continuous On-Going Learning and Improvement
•Continuously build your leadership skills by reading management and leadership books.
•Keep a leadership blog to document your learning’s.
•Attend management seminars.
•Find yourself a Mentor; shared wisdom proves to be priceless.
•Learn from your employees and associates.
•Embrace new technology, it only makes smarter.
•Understand and learn from yourself. And, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.
Become a role model
•Maintain a positive mental attitude- when times are tough, you need to be tougher.
•Great leaders exude strength before power.
•Lead by example in all matters.
•Demonstrate small and large acts of chivalry.
•Treat customers and co-workers with respect.
•Always dress for success.
•Set the standard for the office.
•Always encourage and nurture others; they will encourage and nurture you back.
•Be calm and exhibit patience in all your efforts.
•Know how to properly manage disappointments, both inside and outside of work.
•Value and cherish all life.
•Show your employees and customers, that you care about them.
•Know that it’s okay to share your emotions from time to time.
•Allow people to see your shortcomings, for no one is perfect.
•The truth will set you free, so never lie to your employees about what’s going on.
•Don’t be afraid to put your foot down and redirect employees actions and attitudes when necessary.
•Look and learn from your employee’s vantage point.
•Promote job “ownership”.
•For everybody’s sake, make sure you have a life outside of work.
•Have fun at work! It will show.
Pay it Back
•You and your business donate to charity.
•Start your own charity or benefit.
•Help your employees learn, grow and develop.
•Good leadership means sharing your knowledge and mentoring those around you.
•Recognize exceptional performances and reward publicly.
•Use your skills and knowledge to write a book.