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Most of us will never have seen ourselves as being leaders. For the majority of us, the thought of taking charge of an office will not so long ago have seemed completely absurd. That’s a job for high fliers, for people-people… for born leaders!
But despite any initial apprehension, leadership roles are something that many of us will have thrust upon us against any protestations. In the vast majority of industries, progress and a hike in salary means taking on more responsibility. And that responsibility will very often take the form of some kind of leadership role. You can only progress so far before you start having staff under you and the further you then climb the ladder, the more people will start looking to you for direction and the more people you’ll be responsible for.
That then leaves two choices: shy away from the pressure and the responsibility and live on the modest salary that comes from that, or learn to suck it up and take charge.
In this course you will gain an understanding of the top 10 traits all great leaders have. You will learn to:
1. Have a Vision You Believe In
This is by far the single most important point if you want to make sure your team respects you and that you are making the right decisions for your organization.
2. Focus on Your Mission Statement
As a leader, you need to see the bigger picture and that means focusing on how to deliver results and how to grow the business.
3. Build Resilience and Plan for Contingencies
Make sure that your business is able to handle crises and that you know what you’ll do in any of the worst case scenarios
4. Hire the Right Team
Your team should be diverse in their skills and their abilities but they should be united by the common goal that you all share and the common vision.
5. Give Your Team Autonomy and Credit
This is the best way to make work intrinsically motivating for your team and to ensure they work hard and passionately.
6. Stay Calm, Be Respected
This will keep your team calm and it will make you seem more confident. This is most important when you are challenged by dissidents and when you are going through tough times.
By showing your passion, doing what’s best for the team and being friendly but distant, you can endeavor to be respected. This is better than being liked or feared.
7. Be One Step Ahead
Use financial modelling and other techniques to stay one step ahead.
8. Take Responsibility
If things go wrong, you must always take responsibility. This gives
your team confidence and assurance but also wins their respect.
9. Be Knowledgeable
You won’t be the best at anything and you need to know how to delegate. BUT you should also make it your business to understand the role of each team member so that you can oversea the course of your ship.
10. Take Risks
It is important to take risks and be courageous as a leader. This is again what will allow you to grow and what will make your team achieve above the rest. .