A third characteristic of great leaders–or, perhaps, group of characteristics–is having courage, tenacity, and patience. Having the courage to stand alone, the tenacity to not succumb to pressure, and the patience to keep fighting until you win the day–and sometimes being able to do all three at the same time–is something you will have to develop if you want to be a true and successful leader.
Fairness means dealing with others consistently and justly. A leader must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. He or she must avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. When people feel they that are being treated fairly, they reward a leader with loyalty and dedication.
Employee service is a commitment from the leader to provide the employee with a high level of service to satisfy the employee’s needs, Employees have many needs and by satisfying these needs the leader will engage the employee’s discretionary effort of their people.
Instead of blindly continuing his vision for the company, Hastings reconsidered. He apologized for his actions, redoubled his efforts to focus on content, and temporarily shelved Qwikster. Hastings let the numbers — and the people — tell him what to do.
Lower self-confidence makes you work harder and prepare more. If you’re not convinced you’re going to nail your presentation next Monday, you’re likely to spend more time practicing and going over your numbers. This is a great habit.
Leaders emerge from within the structure of the informal organization. Their personal qualities, the demands of the situation, or a combination of these and other factors attract followers who accept leadership within one or several overlay structures. Instead of the authority of position held by an appointed head or chief, the emergent leader wields influence or power. Influence is the ability of a person to gain co-operation from others by means of persuasion or control over rewards. Power is a stronger form of influence because it reflects a person’s ability to enforce action through the control of a means of punishment.
Micromanagement. The word creates emotion in almost anyone who has ever worked a day in their life. Most have been micromanaged, and none liked it. Few leaders call themselves micromanagers, and even fewer want to do it; yet they often don’t realise when they are doing it.
When it comes to defining team leadership, there are several characteristics that could make a positive impact. In addition to the above points, the following are some of the characteristics of a good team leader:
The key to leadership success is to learn to effectively delegate both the responsibility for completing assignments and the authority required to get things done. Many bosses feel that they need to control every little thing that their employees do. This is a recipe for disaster. When you delegate work to employees, you multiply the amount of work you can accomplish while you develop your employees’ confidence, leadership and work skills.
This can be anything from a sports team they play on some weeknight, a parent who wants to be home for dinner with their children, or not missing an opportunity to support a friend or family member. Whatever it is, making a small accommodation for their “rhythm” will often pay you back in the form of harder work at many other times.
First, let’s consider the difference between managing and leading. Managing involves overseeing daily, tactical office functions and activities, whereas leading involves building on the overall capabilities of your team. Management is about navigating or attempting to resolve everyday issues, while leadership is about changing the mindsets of your team and how they view those challenges.
Competition breeds the best results. To be successful, you can’t be afraid to study and learn from your competitors. After all, they may be doing something right that you can implement in your business to make more money.
Many common myths and misconceptions surround what it means to be successful. Attaining success in our personal lives, careers, and creative endeavors is something we all strive to achieve, but how on earth should we go about it?
Here’s one that proved to be a major detriment. If I could go back, I’d promote people a little more slowly because there were times when the person was not ready. By waiting, I could have mentored that individual more and trained him or her on how to handle the added responsibility.
What SUCCESSFUL people do: Commit to running 5 minutes a day EVERY day for the first week. Then 10 minutes EVERY day the next week. And so on. At the end of three months they’re running 60 minutes a day, in addition to the activity they’re doing during their work breaks, which could add up to an additional 6-8 miles a day. At that point, running has become such a habit that they can create whatever training plan they need to get to the finish line.
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