5 Ways You Can Become The Leader Your Employees Admire
The biggest problem with leadership is it cannot be defined; there is no structure or ‘path’ to follow to become a good leader. Being a good leader comes with time, with dedication and with experience being a leader is not just about setting targets and achieving them but also how you get to the target and how you can inspire a team to follow you and help you get to your goals. Over the course of your life, you might have come across some great leaders, some terrible ones or must be /have been a leader at some point in time in your life, the great thing about being a leader is that everyone has a distinct style that works for them. What I can’t do is put a cap and guideline for each of these styles but what I’ve noticed in the many different leaders I’ve encountered over the course of my life is that they all share certain similar characteristics- here are 5 of them!
Keeping your word
A respected leader will set high standards and follow them till the end. The greatest inspirer in all of mankind is when a man gives his word and upholds them till the end of his time. Great leaders despise fickle promises and people that create issues to garner attention. You will encounter leaders who are all talk and no substance but often these kinds of leaders are destined to fail. On the other hand, an admirable leader is one who consistently proves through their work that they can talk the talk and walk the walk; this proves that they are reliable and trustworthy on the inside and out.
The great part about doing what you promised is that the results are measurable. When employees see progress happening they will be inspired to join in to contribute to their own success as well as the success of the organization. Great leaders set high standards and leave big shoes to fill at the end of their tenure.
Being a humble visionary
A great leader will do what needs to be done for the betterment of the organization- they are strong enough to challenge rules and do not mind taking risks to gain a competitive advantage in the long-run. In short, great leaders are great visionaries, those who can anticipate change and are pro-active enough to respond to those changes in the future.
Being a visionary is a tough thing to be, however, being humble and admitting when the risk you took did not pay off quite as well is not. Respected leaders are the first to admit when things go wrong and do not brush off their mistakes as instances never to be spoken of again.
Learn how to delegate
Delegation. Too much of it and your employees view you as a slacker, too little of it, and you get swamped with work ultimately resulting in poor quality and undesirable output. The best boss is someone who knows how to select a team who he can rely on getting the task done. You cannot do everything by yourself, not properly at least! Delegate jobs to your employees; you picked the team, time to give them a chance to shine. An added benefit is delegation will give you more time to concentrate on other things!
Setting a good atmosphere
Imagine this: Company XYZ is an office full of laughter and talkative employees who are not afraid to speak their mind at meetings and are always willing to go for office outings with the boss. Company ABC is a quieter office, meetings are extremely one-sided, with the boss giving out instructions and receiving no criticism/feedback from the employees, there are no office outings when the boss is involved. Which sounds better? XYZ of course!
As a leader, it is your responsibility to give your employees the chance to be creative and share ideas. If people are too scared to give out their opinions then your company’s innovation will become stagnant and non-existent in the future. Make sure there is ample time for your employees to sit in brain-storming meetings and come up with both, ideas and solutions for problems the company is facing! Even though the decision to implement ideas will be yours, in the end, the act of brainstorming and presenting ideas makes employees more confident and loyal to the organization.
Discover your leadership style
As I stated in the introduction to this article, leadership comes in many different forms. The last point is that all the leaders I’ve worked with had their own style which worked well for them. Their leadership style bodes well with employees and themselves. Evaluate your leadership style and identify both, areas that work well and areas that might need improvement.