LEADING IS SIMPLE
Todd Dewett | November 12, 2019
|There is no shortage of books, methods, and gurus that will tell you about the complexities of leadership. You have to self-analyze yourself in dept and take a million assessments. You need to consider your behaviors to support the elements of transformational leadership. You need to complete a situational analysis!
Not really. Let’s keep this simple. Here’s how you become a great leader:
Be helpful. Your team is busy. They are tired and possibly overworked. That means they are stressed out. Stressed out people like a helping hand on occasion. Stop by and deliver the attaboy, ask how you can help, and then help them!
Be willing to listen. You’re smart, that’s why you’re the boss. I get that, but they don’t need you constantly trying to share your expertise. What they need is for you to be a great listener so that you can figure out precisely the expertise you need to share. The more you listen, you might learn a ton of new things that can help you relate to them better.
Be kind. You won’t always feel like it, but you have to try! You set the ceiling for the experience of positive emotions in the group. If they need a pep talk, give it. If they need a glass half full comment after a bad day, offer it up. If nothing else, smile and tell them it’s okay and that tomorrow is another day when they need to hear it.
Be willing to laugh at yourself. The worse thing a boss can do is act like a boss. Instead, just be a real person who is willing to laugh at themselves. A little self-deprecation is always appreciated as long as it’s genuine. It helps them know that you don’t take yourself too seriously. It makes you human.
Leadership, especially decision-making, might get complex at times, but mostly you just need to keep it simple. Want to talk about accountability? Nail the basics above and they won’t mind when you hold them to meaningful standards. It’s amazing how well people respond when you treat them decently.
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