Everyone approaches leadership in a unique manner. Their approach differs from situation to situation along with their overall leadership style. Some are born with it and others pick it up along the way. Each experience inextricably affects your personality, thinking, and biases as you mature and evolve as a leader. Here are some of the lessons that my experiences have taught me.
Pulse on New Age Tech
New technologies, techniques, and standards are constantly being released such as artificial intelligence, cognitive behavior, analytics etc. It can be a challenge to stay on top of the changes, especially when they directly impact your work. Instead of chasing fads or trends, set aside time to ensure you don’t fall behind on essential learnings.
Hire Smart Leaders
Your most valuable assets are the people you hire and work with. In the pursuit of improvement, keep an open mind to people with differing opinions and ideas. By surrounding yourself with talented people with diverse skills, knowledge, and understanding; you will be challenged to keep growing.
If you would like to stay a step ahead of others, look beyond your KRAs. Knowing your colleague’s responsibilities and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a great way to grow personally and professionally.
True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know,” said Confucius. Subconsciously, people know the when and why’s of their actions but are often not able to explain it on a conscious level. To be a leader, it is important to have that level of awareness so that you can teach someone facing those problems. If I am good with numbers, I could recall the courses that allowed me to develop my abilities. It’s a conscious effort to be mindful, accepting, nonjudgmental and encourage it in others. Engage a theme and, even if your team is erring, let them learn from their mistakes. Instead of handholding your team, teach them to be mindful.
Charm Your Audience
Long ago, I realized public speaking is a quality a leader must possess. If you wish to be a good leader and communicator, practice your speech patterns and talking to others in ever larger groups. While talking to a room full of people, aim to understand the vibe of the audience and hold their attention, switching tracks when you feel it wane. Over time, it becomes easier to be confident in front of a crowd or give an effective presentation.
No Procrastination: Take Instant Action
One of the leadership challenges many people face is not being able to articulate their thoughts well enough. A project can even fail if the team isn’t on the same page. As a leader, work on your communication skills to set a direction for your team, build a vision and drive innovation.
The above practices and skills take a lifetime to hone and require constant revisits. You will most likely not be able to immediately inspire respect and confidence in those who follow you. But there is no time like the present, so prioritize and apply consistent effort for change to take place. If you think you need to engage better or improve, start working on it now and you will begin to see incredible changes to your leadership style a few years down the line.