While effective leaders have a strong focus on results, they understand that teamwork and team participation are a crucial part of success.
Here are some things you can do to be a stronger more effective leader:
Ensure that you’re spending time listening to and understanding the different perspectives of your team members. Keep an open mind, and see how other ideas or possible solutions can be integrated into a decision that will benefit everyone. Doing so will force you to think and resolve problems in a new way and you will become a more versatile leader.
Also listen carefully to your own intuition (don’t be easily swayed). If your decision is ultimately different than what your team thinks is best, communicate the reasons, thank others for their input, and take full responsibility for next steps.
Lead by example and encourage others to contribute their strengths and ideas by creating a safe environment that will allow them to do so. Establish trusting relationships by treating each person as an individual (talk with them, not at them). They’ll be much more likely to perform at their best if there is a mutual sense of respect and a desire from you to see them succeed.
Be Clear and Decisive
People don’t want to follow people who are unclear and unable to make a decision. Having a clear vision with a solid plan will make you stand out. Recognize that it is impossible to please everyone and not everyone will support all of your decisions. Have the confidence to go against the masses when necessary, yet the humility to be able to admit when you are wrong. Clear effective communication will go a long long way.
Helen Marie Fox is a health and performance coach who has helped hundreds of individuals and groups perform at their best. Her strategic approach to goal achievement leaves people armed with the knowledge, skills and essential mindset required to create change. Read more.