Be A Better Leader
October 24, 2013
Everywhere we look; it appears that the most conventional ideas of a leader are shifting. In small businesses we are now seeing a very different model of leadership flourish. The traditional model is triangular with a ‘big chief’ at the top, supported by the base of lower to mid level employees.
Today we are seeing more of a square model where it appears that all sides support each other, encouraging leadership from each angle. It is increasingly important to cultivate every team member’s leadership abilities in order for your business to thrive with this new model.
Leadership is a combination of both inherent and acquired skills. Great leaders strive to define vision while simultaneously motivating others. Becoming a better leader requires energy and commitment.
Identify the important qualities of a leader: they are bold, risk-taking, decision-making individuals who listen attentively, engage others and are known to be trustworthy and respected. Embody these characteristics as a leader, fostering these ideals as qualities to strive for.
When you lead by example it paints a realistic picture of what is possible, making it easier for others to follow your lead.
Different team members may require different styles of leadership. Know your people and tweak your style so that it best facilitates their learning.
Leadership cannot be forced – in order to reap the benefits; you must make the initial investment in properly training and educating your team. Think of the position more as a coach, then as a boss.
This form of shared, self-directed leadership provides each of your team members with a voice. One that is respected and evaluated credibly. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” (John Quincy Adams, Former US President)