Some people are born leaders, whilst others have to work much harderat it. Regardless of whether you are new into management at work, lead a team of Web Warriors, or whether you have just been made the captain of your local football team, these tips should help you become a greatleader.
1. Be Confident
Let me clarify that there is a vast difference between beingconfident and being arrogant. Confidence is a strong belief in yourability to succeed, whilst arrogance is an over the top, often rude andobnoxious quality that will not get you liked. If you want to be astrong leader, having confidence is important, because people need tofeel secure, and confident with what their leader is doing.
Any sign of uncertainty will likely unsettle your team. It will makethem nervous and unable to perform to the highest standards. Even ifyou are not feeling 100% confident yourself it is important that youdon’t make it obvious to those around you.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for help and advice, but you shouldn’t come across like a rabbit in the headlights either.
A good leader will also be someone that is a good listener. You mustbe able to listen to, and understand any problems or worries your teamhave. Being strong and a good talker is important, but almost secondarywhen compared to the importance of being able to listen.
3. Be Proactive
Being a good leader will demand that you spot, and deal with problems before they actually happen. As a leader you must be aware of what isgoing on around you, and try to find potential problems, so you can nipthem in the bud before they actually manifest. For example, a manager in a supermarket would need to make sure that floor polishing was doneafter the store was closed and customers had left, so there were noaccidents.
4. Stay Focused
A good leader will always be focused on the job, or task in hand. Itis important for everybody around you that you are always aware of whatis going on. If anything does go wrong then it will be you that yourteam turns to, and they will need you to know what is going on.
5. Don’t Lose Your Head
This is by no means easy, but is very important. In a pressuredsituation, a good leader will remain calm and collected. If you start to panic, or lose your rag then things could rapidly fall apart. Your team are there to support their leader, you, but should not under anycircumstances be made to hold things together whilst you throw a hissyfit.
6. Be Decisive
Similar to confidence, being decisive relates to being sure of whatyou are doing, or instructing your team to do. Half hearted decisionswill leave your team feeling unsure or confused. If you are not certainof how to deal with a situation immediately, take some time to think itover first before delivering a firm, decisive course of action.
7. Show Respect
This is quite possibly the most important element needed from a great leader. It is very hard for anyone to respect, or admire someone who is rude, short, and obnoxious. It is vital you treat everybody around you with grace and respect. Leaders that treat people fairly, andgenerously, are those who people really want to work with, and do wellfor.
Have your say, what makes a great leader for you?