Most leaders want to become better, but it’s hard to know where to start.
If you have a team under you, it’s your job to create a the type of culture you want for your business.
Your people will look to you to set the precedent and take cues from your actions.
If good communication matters, you need to communicate well.
If you want everyone moving toward the same vision, you need to show them the vision and get them to buy in.
If positivity is non-negotiable, it starts with you.
Working on yourself is the best place to start when it comes to growing as a leader.
Here are 3 ways you can go first and become a better leader:
- Be accountable for your actions. As a leader this is probably one of the most important things you can do. It’s really easy to celebrate the good things, but are you also owning the loses? A good leader takes responsibility for when the team fails and doesn’t play the blame game. Accept that your team functions as one and you’ll find them more motivated to reach the group’s goals.
- Listen, listen, listen. In a leadership position, it’s easy to talk, but what we really need to be doing is listening more. Hear what your people are saying (or aren’t saying) and use that to help where it’s needed.
- Step outside of your comfort zone. Show your people you are willing to take risks by trying new things. A good leaders recognizes they don’t know it all and is willing to learn from others. Even those on their team who haven’t been around the longest.
I believe leadership is a learned skill, but it takes intention and action to get there. Working on yourself is the best place to start.