It’s fair to say that anyone in a leadership position would like to lead their team with greater effect. It seems to be an inherent trait in all leaders, that we would love to be more influential over our team, but sometimes we just don’t know what we can do? So let’s strip it back to the basics and see if we’re ticking all the boxes. The following 10 traits are synonymous with effective leadership. See how many you have and how many you can action today:
1. Time management. Know what you need to be doing and when. Have your schedule sorted for the week ahead and be accountable for your time.
2. Exercise at least 3 times per week and insure you let your staff know the importance of being healthy in order to get the most out of themselves.
3. Choose only positively charged words when talking to others. Our words are a reflection of our thoughts and people around you will notice your language subconsciously. People gravitate towards positive people.
4. Put the hours in. Show your staff that you are not unaccustomed to early mornings and late finishes. When they see their leader putting the time in, they subsequently become more compelled to do so themselves.
5. Personal development. Always be learning something new and something you can apply back to you work or personal life. Learn a language, enroll in a short course or further your credentials, whatever it may be, new learnings open our eyes to new ways of thinking and possibilities.
6. Feed yourself only healthy food. Whatever you choose to fuel you’re body with, it will impact on what you get out of it. Fuel it well and the results will be reflective of that.
7. Get a mentor. None of us know everything and no matter how self disciplined we are we are always pushed more by someone else. Mentors can help up us improve our leadership skills and identify areas that need to be improved on. No professional sportsperson or team goes without a coach (mentor) think about it.
8. Write down your personal ambitions and make sure you can see them in your office. Your ambitions keep you focused and are the reason behind why you work so hard, they will constantly have you asking more of yourself.
9. Listen. Stop for a moment and listen to what the people around you are saying. You will be amazed at what you will learn about yourself by listening to others.
10. Action. Great leaders make things happen, your ability to get things done will resonate more than anything else to those around you.
Great leadership requires an attitude that is open to learning and open to criticism. The longer you are in a leadership position the better you get at backing your judgement and choosing what to take on board and what to discard. Apply these principles and start to notice the change.