5 Practical Ways Great Leaders Improve Others

Richard Brody June 22, 2015 4
5 Practical Ways Great Leaders Improve Others

When someone enters into a position of leadership, he often discovers glaring organizational weaknesses that must be addressed, if he wishes to become a significant, effective leader. That individual must immediately make a decision, in terms of the direction he will take next, as well as what actions to pursue.

Unfortunately, in the vast majority of instances, the tendency or trend becomes to use these issues as a form of crutch, or an excuse to use if and when the group does not succeed. However, the truly great leader will investigate and examine thoroughly precisely what the areas of weakness might be, and will proactively address any and all areas that they deem to be not up to snuff.

One of the most important areas to consider, and to address positively, is how to improve the performance of the human beings involved or potentially involved. It is for this reason that I believe it might be useful for those leaders wishing to become great, to fully examine their alternatives and how to enhance their potential, and to use and understand these 5 Basic Ways that great leaders should use to improve others…

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1. Explain, teach and show

True leaders must avoid the tendency to tell others to do as I say, not as I do. If you want positive, productive results, never tell others what they should do, but rather show them clearly why a specific approach might be most beneficial.

A real leader is the one who consistently leads by example, and focus on the concerns, priorities, and goals of his stakeholders. There must be a top priority to effectively train and teach others, and to motivate them to care more and become more greatly involved.

2. Listen effectively, answer questions, and concerns

One should not lead if he is unable or unwilling to behave as an effective listener. Never minimize the concerns or questions of others, but rather, proactively address and thoroughly answer these, not merely to the leader’s satisfaction, but to that of those he serves.

3. Oversee, follow-up, and follow-through

Never merely introduce an idea or approach, nor is it sufficient or wise to assign/ delegate responsibilities, and to believe you have achieved your objective. If you intend to truly lead, you must consistency review, oversee, discuss, tweak, adapt, and make sure the best course of action is pursued proactively.

4. Don’t expect others to know or understand, at your level of understanding

This means there is a need to fully explain, review the basics as well as the continued details, and continue to do so until you have raised the overall level of understanding, to a far higher level.

5. Compliment and critique – Don’t criticize

Critiques are necessary because they give thought-provoking, positive ideas and training to others, so they can improve and become better in the future. When one merely uses criticism, there is often a negative impact on others, destroying self-confidence, willingness to become more involved and/ or remain involved. Why would anyone want to be criticized when they have volunteered to get involved?

Those that lead need involved future leaders! Using these five basic ways may be a way to increase involvement and participation of others.

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    Francesca walker June 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Good article except if I were leading a team I would teach people specific things and then delegate them to teach others. As the team grows they can allocate teachers to newcomers. Then I would have weekly meetings to address all issues and ask everyone to contribute.
    I feel the best way to lead is to make it appear effortless where everyone follows with team effort. Well that’s how I led a group of unwilling volunteers who had to do community service with me. They were not being paid so I found this the most motivating way to lead.

    • Alex Hamm
      Alex Hamm June 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Great feedback Francesca – it’s important to be as leader of LEADERS, not a leaders of followers 🙂

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    James June 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Great insight. In my experience this really rings true to effective leadership.

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    Dylan Price June 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Great article!

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