If given the role of a leader, many start with a pompous attitude. A good leader sets the tone and leaves remarks that others follow. But these traits are easy to talk and tough to implement.
In this article at Forbes, Amy Modglin shares her transition from valuing herself to valuing the team. She believes that some people are born with leadership skills and learn throughout their lives to become better leaders.
Turn Your Focus
The outside world is full of competitors and to lead the game, people start focusing on themselves only. However, this attitude does no good for the leaders as their selfish behavior make them distant from the team. Therefore, shift focus to others and make them open to you. Here are some ways to do it:
- Value Your People: Since your people’s support will be your biggest power, turn them into your strength by helping them succeed, giving them the opportunity to grow and nurture their skills.
- Acknowledge People: Being a leader, giving credit to the people and recognizing their effort is pivotal. One of the reasons people leave a job is because they feel under-appreciated. Never take the credit for the work that your team members are doing. Make a conscious effort to call out your top performers in a recurring meeting. This practice will encourage other coworkers to work harder.
- Know Your People: Knowing their names will not be enough. Learn about their personal preferences, hopes and dreams will make them feel valued and increase their respect for you as a leader.
- Leave Ego Out: One of the biggest achievements of a leader is the progress and growth of their people. If a team member gets a better opportunity from the client, remain proud of their accomplishment and not jealous.
- Empower People: Give your team members opportunities to outshine rather than discounting their abilities and doing it yourself. Allow them to be the top performers and give them the authority to showcase their skills. Being empowered will make them confident and help them strive for bigger goals.
Click on the following link to read the original article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/09/20/leadership-its-not-about-you/#d4a81805a5aa