Simple Actions of Leaders
Leadership is demanding. Whether you are leading a congregation, a team, or an organization/company, the responsibilities of being at the top in the chain of command can be outright burdensome.
While effective leaders understand that a position or a title does not equal excellent leadership, they also comprehend that preparing to meet the demands of leadership is key to success.
Here are few ways leaders can prepare for the requirements of their calling:
Do not get accustomed to giving excuses for short comings. Remember, leaders set the example for their team. If you are stating that you will do something then do it. If you say you be somewhere at a certain time then be there. Nothing screams “incompetent" as a leader as a person who is not responsible for keeping their word. As long as you show that you have trouble listening to your own words, people will find it easy to be irresponsible when you are demanding of them. And that will breed excuses.
Evaluate yourself: Would those that know you personally vouch for your responsibility?
Learn to communicate
I once had a project manager give me vague instructions and a short deadline. I was naive and did not seek clarity on the task at hand. Furthermore, I wanted to prove that I belonged and could hold my own. I spent hours upon hours doing research, writing a detailed report, and I even spent some of my own money on the presentation. When I got done showing off my work I was told that I did not follow instructions that it wasn’t what he was looking for.
Be concise in your explanation of tasks. Give specific examples of what you are looking for. Always reiterate what you expect to see. This means setting a vision and establishing goals for the person(s) taking on the task. In addition to this, give the person permission to ask questions before, during, and after the completion of the task. This will promote a culture of freedom regarding communication.
If you have trouble expressing yourself be confident that you were put into a leadership position because someone saw potential in you. Write notes and print them out if you are better at writing clear instructions than verbalizing them. Do not limit yourself though. You should take those notes and read them aloud until you become comfortable enough to relay them back to your team.
Be willing and humble enough to learn.
By now, you should be trained in the area that you lead. If you are not, go back to the person who appointed (promoted) you and ask for that training.
Most people assume that receiving a leadership position or title is the pinnacle of growth. That is an erroneous assumption. According to The 5 Levels of Leadership by my friend and mentor John C. Maxwell, “a leadership position is an invitation to grow as a leader.”
You need to check your ego at the door because arrogance is a repellent. It can brand you as a stubborn person with no inclination to change your behavior. Rather, than trying to prove yourself, as I initially did, ask questions to those above you and to those who follow you. Seek to implement sound advice and expert knowledge into your life.
This requires humbleness and humbleness attracts like good perfume. People will see that you are trying to improve your leadership before you are obligated to.
These are simple requirements for success as a leader.
In the comment section, tell me: What are other things people should do to prepare for leadership positions?
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