As a leader, improving your emotional health and well-being is as important as working on your physical health. Creating a healthy environment around you will help to keep you focused on being the best leader possible.
As a leader, you should strive to be a constant role model for your team, colleagues and even superiors. With that in mind, it is sometimes difficult to keep a mature focus with all the challenges and stresses of leadership.
Here are 6 strategies to help you mold a new perspective and move you forward as a leader:
1. Leaders Listen And Respond With Clarity
As funny as some banter may seem in the moment, it can be massively destructive. Things such as sarcasm decrease the level of trust in others, by promoting fear of ridicule and causes feelings of inferiority or embarrassment.
As a leader, your team will follow the example you set, and you will establish the tone for how others expect to interact with you. Instead be engaged in your listening and respond clearly and direct regardless of others’ actions. This will ensure you have a strong and supportive team behind you.
2. Leaders Don’t Use Hearsay As Facts
In any company there are rumors based on past actions and current assumptions. Always listen to others’ opinions and perspectives, but as a leader it is your responsibility to seek out the facts and challenge the misinformed perspectives.
This can be difficult because it takes a high level of personal understanding and integrity as a person. You may often find yourself standing alone when times are difficult. Don’t fret, in the long run it will develop you into an outstanding leader.
3. Leaders Celebrate The Efforts Of Others
A leader believes in the development of self, and others alike. Development takes risk, self-trust, and trial and error. You must anticipate failure and support others through their new learning.
This can be difficult because when people see others fail it reminds them of how they have failed in the past. It brings out their emotional insecurities and they will direct them towards others in the team.
Be a leader that engages with others and supports them through their challenges. Regardless of your own or the team’s personal discomfort with the current situation.
4. Leaders Have The Power Of Influence
A leader has more influence then they realize. The smallest things can move a company in the wrong direction. Always consider how people view you and your actions.
I have often heard it said that leaders need to make the hard choices and cannot make everyone happy. Albeit this is true you can ensure people understand why you made the choices you did. As leaders it is far too convenient for us to make such blanket statements as “they just don’t see the big picture.” The job of a leader is to help others understand.
5. Leadership Is About Leading
I often hear leaders speak about how much work they have to do, running reports, attending meetings, sifting through numbers; all these tasks are relevant and need to be completed. Remember that these are just tasks, and not the purpose of leadership.
Leaders are meant to be present and grounded in their interactions with others. This also requires the leader to help others stay present and grounded in tough times. This builds trust and consistency for people and teams in your organization.
6. Leaders Are Compassionate And Understanding
The true measure of a leader is the attitudes of the people around them. We often think we are separate from the people we work with. Both our teams and colleagues. This is just not true.
You can get a great deal of feedback about what kind of a leader you are by watching the interactions of the people around you. This statement is accurate if you are the CEO of a company, or just the leader in your family. Leadership spans a great number of scenarios and situations.
By following these simple strategies you will begin to transform your own interactions and improve the results you are achieving as a leader. Remember that any change can be difficult when you first begin. Be understanding of how others may react to your change and be compassionate with yourself.
If you don’t succeed on the first few attempts don’t give up. Adopting new attitudes and perspectives take practice and perseverance. It was best said by the nineteenth century Scottish politician Walter Elliot “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other”.
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