Good leadership is the key to success in any industry and organization.
Here are some principles to think like a leader:
1. Focus on the mission – we should not lose sight of our purpose, mission and results. Many leaders are often drawn towards unusual and critical events that drive them in different directions. We should not lose sight of the higher intent of the organization.
2. Set big goals – anyone can achieve easy goals, good leaders use their visioning skills and set big audacious goals with an understanding of how to reach them.
3. Coach the followers – bad leaders usually do not understand that mistakes, made by the followers provide a valuable lesson.
4. Set an example – as a leader, we are the role model of the organization who sets the standards by being a person with a good character, doing what matters, and knowing our job.
5. Create and sustain diversity – Diversity is about empowering people. By capitalizing on all of the strengths of each employee it can make the organization more effective.
6. Clarity – clarity gives others the opportunity to digest their goals and to decide whether or not they will support their cause. Having a clear image in mind leads to great achievement.
7. Passion – if we are passionate of what we are doing it will shine through and people will follow. The best leaders exhibit boundless passion and energy.
8. Humility – having a humble character creates a lovable persona. Showing how grateful we are of where we are and admitting our mistakes and take criticism, will demonstrate how much we deserve the leadership role.
9. Decisiveness – a great leader is the one who doesn’t hesitate after coming to a conclusion or after making a decision. This shows how consistent they are with their decisions, rarely backing out or changing their mind. Decisive is a quality which is of high demand for a great leader.
10. Address issue – leaders need to know how to address the issues arising in the organization. Problems should be dealt with immediately and not be delayed. Good leaders know that they need to take issues seriously, not make employees feel like they should handle it on their own or not bother about it.
11. Provide objective feedback – Good leaders understand that feedback is essential for growth, so they try to help their employees improve. But their feedback is always based on their work performance and how it impacts the team and not on personal thoughts and feelings. Straightforward, honest and open communication helps the team members receive any kind of feedback well, and be excited about opportunities to grow and develop in the workplace.
12. Reward achievement – rewarding employees make them know that their behavior and work is appreciated. This increases productivity, morale and helps employees see that the leader care about their contributions.