Becoming a great leader takes time, but there are things you can do today—right now—to improve your leadership. These basic steps that will propel you towards greater success and influence.
Drawing from my own experiences and working with other leaders for nearly 40 years, I will share seven crucial actions you can take right now. By embracing these practices, you will see noticeable improvement quickly.
1. Embrace Continuous Learning
To become a better leader, you must adopt a mindset of continuous learning. Commit to expanding your knowledge, staying updated on industry trends, and seeking out new perspectives. Read books, attend seminars, listen to podcasts, and engage in meaningful conversations with experts. The diversity of your input is key. Being an example of lifelong learning not only enriches your leadership skills but also inspires your team to pursue growth and development.
To do right now: Develop a learning agenda. Create it around these three questions: 1. What do you most need to learn? 2. What would you most like to learn? 3. What would you most like to be able to teach to your team?
2. Develop Authentic Relationships
Great leadership is built on real relationships. An authentic relationship is where you know the other person and they know you beyond the superficial. It is about knowing and being know. Learn and show genuine interest in their aspirations, challenges, and well-being. Cultivate an environment of trust, empathy, and open communication. When your team members feel valued and understood, they will be more motivated and engaged, leading to higher levels of productivity and collaboration. People who feel significant make significant contributions.
To do right now: Ask one of your team members what she or he would most like to achieve at your organization.
3. Lead by Example
As a leader, your actions speak louder than words. They will listen to what you say but watch what you do even more attentively. Be a role model for the behaviors and values you expect from your team. Make integrity, accountability, and professionalism a priority in all your interactions. By leading by example, you create a culture of excellence, where others are inspired to emulate your commitment and work ethic.
To do right now: Find a time when you actions fell short of your spoken intentions. Consider admitting your failure to those it affected and promise to be more congruent going forward.
4. Foster a Culture of Innovation.
Encourage a culture of innovation and creativity within your team. Embrace new ideas, promote a safe space for experimentation, and celebrate calculated risks. Encourage your team members to think outside the box and explore fresh approaches to problem-solving. By fostering a culture of innovation, you empower your team to unleash their full potential and drive transformative outcomes.
To do right now: Ask everyone on your team to submit one idea they have on how to improve or change what is being done to create better results. Small, yes, but a start. Get your team on the lookout…