Are you the boss, the big cheese, the head honcho? One word…Leadership. What is it and why is being a good leader important? I am sure many of us have had bosses in the past who were and still are complete assholes. We wonder how in hell they ever made it to a management position owning the personality of a toenail and no leadership skills whatsoever.
Actually, I can think of a person right now who had the opportunity to be a great leader. As soon as he accepted the position, he became petty and mean and his opportunity to do good things went right out the window. Once liked by his co-workers, he has lost not only his reputation but the respect from others.
On the flip side, I have known leaders who would get right down in the trench and work as hard as any of us. Always building moral, always fair and always consistent. Good days or bad. These are the people we tend to remember and use as a benchmark.
If you are in a leadership position, ask yourself this: “Would I like working for me?” If you are a good leader, it’s an emphatic “Yes”, but if you are one of those people who walk into your work space and have to check for booby traps, have your name written on bathroom walls or people avoid you like the plague, guess what?
Good leadership skills are as follows, Remember them and practice.
Here are some key leadership skills you’ll need to succeed as a leader:
- Lead By Example. You can’t be an aloof leader, someone that’s never around and incapable of getting your hands dirty. One of the best ways to lead is by example – pitching in where needed, lending a helping hand, and making sure that the work you do is clearly understood by your team.
- Passion. A leader without passion isn’t a leader. He’s a paper pusher. Or a taskmaster. Or a government employee… Passion drives a lot, and you can inspire so much in others through your own passion and enthusiasm.
- Be Organized. A disorganized leader isn’t leading, he’s always back pedaling. Disorganization breeds nothing but more disorganization. If you’re disorganized, your team will be too.
- Delegate. You can’t do everything. A great leader needs to be able to delegate effectively. The key to delegating successfully is giving employees ownership of the work you assign them.
- Take Responsibility. Although you’ve just delegated work and truly given your team ownership, you also have to take ownership and responsibility at all times. Your team has to know you’ll be there for them through the good and the bad times.
- Communicate Effectively. Everyone knows great leaders have to be great communicators. But there are certain points of communication that many people forget. Compliments creates good moral. 7. Leadership requires courage. And honesty. Tell it like it is. Don’t sugarcoat, don’t bullshit. Don’t be a jerk either. You have to learn how to present things in an honest but balanced manner.
There are other skills needed, like listening effectively, being honest and being human, but this should suffice for now.