The decision that comes in wanting to be a leader is a beautiful thing. As a leader, you have the capabilities to change many lives and inspire people to rise up to their full potential.
Leadership is a learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time, for example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
Successful leadership across all areas is a skill which is learnt rather than acquired. Successful leaders have learned the mastery of anticipating business patterns, finding opportunities in pressure situations, serving the people they lead and overcoming hardships.
7 Things Leaders Need To Stay Successful
1. Make Others Feel Safe to Speak-Up
- Many times leaders intimidate their colleagues with their title and power when they walk into a room.
- Successful leaders deflect attention away from themselves and encourage others to voice their opinions. They are experts at making others feel safe to speak-up and confidently share their perspectives and points of view.
2. Make Business Decisions
- Successful leaders are expert decision makers. They either facilitate the dialogue to empower their colleagues to reach a strategic conclusion or they do it themselves.
- They focus on “making things happen” at all times – decision making activities that sustain progress.
3. Communicate Expectations Required
- Successful leaders are great communicators, and this is especially true when it comes to “performance expectations.” In doing so, they remind their colleagues of the organization’s core values and mission statement.
4. Challenge People to Think Out Of The Box
- The most successful leaders understand their colleagues’ mindsets, capabilities and areas for improvement. They use this knowledge/insight to challenge their teams to think and stretch them to reach for more.
- These types of leaders excel in keeping their people on their toes, never allowing them to get comfortable and enabling them with the tools to grow.
- If you are not thinking, you’re not learning new things. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing
5. Be Accountable to Others
- Successful leaders allow their colleagues to manage them. This doesn’t mean they are allowing others to control them – but rather becoming accountable to assure they are being proactive to their colleagues needs.
- Beyond just mentoring and sponsoring selected employees, being accountable to others is a sign that your leader is focused more on your success than just their own.
6. Lead by Example & Reputation
- Leading by example sounds easy, but few leaders are consistent with this one. Successful leaders practice what they preach and are mindful of their actions. They know everyone is watching them and therefore are incredibly intuitive about detecting those who are observing their every move.
7. Measure & Reward Performance
- Great leaders always have a strong “pulse” on business performance and those people who are the performance champions.
- Not only do they review the numbers and measure performance ROI, they are active in acknowledging hard work and efforts. Successful leaders never take consistent performers for granted and are mindful of rewarding them.