15 Jun What it Takes to Be an Effective Leader
If you want to be a leader or someone in authority, you need to know how to lead successfully. You will learn the keys to effective leadership.
The first key includes bravery. It is essential to be courageous. One thing you have to do is be a risk taker and take chances in various situations. Another is to speak out against others doing the wrong thing, whether they work for you or you work for them.
The second key includes being firm. One way you can do it is to take action once you reach a decision and stand behind your choice. Another is to not be a pushover. You must neither allow others to force you into making a bad decision nor continue to be too gentle with those who insist on defying you and doing things they are not supposed to do.
The third key includes being consistent. One way you can do it is to treat everyone who is under your command in the same way. Another is to settle into doing most of the things you do the same way unless there is a need to make a specific change in your routine. By taking this approach, you will help keep everyone on track and make things run smoothly.
The fourth key includes leading as a “people” person. In other words, you have to be good to everyone in your organization. You have to get along with them and treat them with respect.
The fifth key includes humility. It is necessary to be humble. The first way you can do it is to seek input and advice from everyone in the organization. The second is to respect and consider your subordinates’ ideas. The third is to be modest and reserved about your success; in other words, you must make an effort to not sound like you are bragging.
The sixth key includes having conviction. One way you can do it is to always focus on doing the right thing. Another is to not always make a certain decision in the workplace or vote a certain way as a politician just because it is the popular thing to do. There will be times when you must make an unpopular decision in order to turn things around when it is necessary.
The seventh key includes maintaining control and harmony. It is important to keep your cool and refrain from yelling at those under your command. It is also important to encourage teamwork and discourage dissent.
You have read your guide to effective leadership. By following these steps, you will gain respect, boost your credibility and run things smoothly.