Some leaders are born. Others are made. Whether you were “born to lead” or not, if you want to be a good leader, here are a few things you should follow to get it right:
1. Speak Softly “And Carry A Big Stick”
If you are a leader, you have real power. You can exercise this power and authority without being intimidating. By quietly taking action when necessary, you will find that those underneath you will be more motivated to do their jobs while also maintaining plenty of respect for you. Be polite and genial, but do not hesitate to exercise your authority when needed. Your employees and team should be striving to make sure that they impress you and provide you with their best work, without being weighed down by unkind comments or unrealistic expectations.
2. Give Respect to Get Respect
Do not treat your employees or other people like they matter less in the world than you do. If you believe respect is a good thing, set the standard. Be genuinely respectful to other people, whether they work under you or they are your social equals. While this applies to all areas of life, it is especially important in business when you have others looking up to you in order to lead and direct.
3. Take Care of Your People
Your people are the heart of your organization. They are the engine that runs everything. Make sure the organization is designed with realistic expectations for people to get enough sleep at night, get breaks when they need them, and so on. By respecting the work and life balance of your team members, you will help them to thrive professionally. Additionally, listen to their ideas for your business, because those that work in the intricacies of your company each day usually have great ideas about what needs to be fixed or modified. Relate to your employees positively, and you will get the same respect in return.