How would you describe a strong leader? In one study, leadership qualities such as assertiveness, adaptability, intelligence, and conscientiousness were cited as the most important.
Transformational leaders are positive, empowering, and inspiring. They value followers and inspire them to perform better. So what can you do to embrace these valued leadership qualities and become a stronger and more effective leader?
Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they’re coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. Take heart: You can become a truly great leader.
Real leadership improvement starts with the way we see things. Our mindsets and paradigms can be accurate, limited or flat-out wrong, and if we don’t occasionally assess their veracity, we’ll be stuck spinning our wheels when effect growth as leaders.
People want to be inspired by their bosses and to win at what they’re doing. And nobody takes on a leadership role not wanting to be successful. But to be the great leader for your team that they truly deserve, might require a mindset adjustment.
- Be sure you’re viewing your role through the right lens
The leader lens is key to a manager’s success, yet one that most don’t handle well. It involves looking through organizational and employee lenses simultaneously. But it doesn’t stop there, as this means paying attention to the leader’s own viewpoint as well.
It is the ability to consider three points of view: their own (as an individual manager), the organization’s, and the employee’s. This is where the leader asks, “How do organizational and employee views, as well as my own view of this, sync with the overall vision and mission of the organization?
This difference in viewpoints is because we consider things through different lenses that don’t always align: the organizational lens, the employee lens, and the leader lens. The trick for a leader, then, becomes examining matters through each of the three lenses to get the clear picture.
- Challenge your mindset around feedback
Your team members aren’t the only ones who can benefit from honest feedback. A true self-assessment of your leadership can be difficult, so mentors, fellow professionals, and even your own staff are invaluable in evaluating your effectiveness.
Talking to friends and peers can give you the necessary perspective on your leadership style and approach. Leadership coaching can also help you discover areas where you need improvement. A professional who helps you develop a plan to achieve your leadership goals can be more motivational than books and seminars alone.
- Look at problems arise
When we’re stymied by a challenging situation, differentiating between facts and opinions can help us open up to new paradigms and solutions. If you have a situation that’s not going well — maybe a contentious relationship with a team member or a project going off the rails — list all the reasons why you think things aren’t happening the way you think they should. Now go through that list, and circle which statements are facts. You’ll probably notice that very few of them are. Then identify the ones that are opinions. Are any of them worth investigating to see if they’re accurate?
Your leadership style plays a role in how you interact with employees and should be evaluated as well.
Remember that being a good leader takes time. Although some individuals are naturally inclined to have good leadership skills, it is something anyone can learn and improve upon. With hard work, dedication and strategic planning, you can lead your team to success.