How to Be a Leader at Work
What can you do to do to be heard, respected, and well-liked?
It may be true that some people are born leaders. There’s something about them that makes people want to follow them – their charm or charisma – but you can learn how to be an effective leader!
Whether you’re a natural-born leader or not, there are a number of behaviors you can practice and use to become a leader that will make people want to listen to you, respect you, and like you.
We all need leaders to guide, inspire, and encourage us. A good leader can leave us feeling inspired and uplifted. But how can you become a positive leader?
Simply put, leaders help their employees feel good about themselves.
· Leaders ensure that staff feels appreciated for the hard work they do day in and day out. You can do this by getting actively involved with your colleagues. After all, it’s difficult for you to make someone feel good about themselves if you have no idea what exactly they do, so pay attention!
· You also need to learn how to communicate effectively with others. Let others know that they can freely voice their opinions and ideas to you. If you actively listen to each and every person, they’ll all feel like valuable players on your team.
· Be professional, but be personable. When you’re introducing employees to visitors or senior managers, always introduce them by their first name. Refer to them as your team members, colleagues, or associates. Never ever refer to them as your subordinates or by their job titles.
Leadership Involves Being A Positive Role Model
Good leaders do more than talk the talk; they actually walk the walk.
By setting a good example and understanding the needs and pressures of the team, a leader can help others see the big picture and help them understand why their roles are so important to the team’s success.
Here are a couple of ways to lead by example:
· If you’re trying to get your employees to be more involved in their jobs and help others when they need it, what are you doing to set a good example? Good leaders roll up their sleeves and get down to business with the people that are working for them.
· Good leaders fight for the rights of their team at all levels. If you show your team how much you respect their needs, you’ll gain their respect, too. For example, if a pay raise is stalled, actively investigate why it’s stalled and keep your team updated.
Taking an Individual Approach
To be a good leader you also need to understand that people are motivated in different ways. People naturally like to see a positive outcome for the work they do and the key is to find out what motivates the people you work with.
Is the motivation to get a pay increase? Is it recognition for a job well done? Or is it being named employee of the month?
Motivation can be very individualized. Take the time to get to know the people working with you so you can figure out the best way to motivate them.
Even if you own a small business and can’t afford expensive employee rewards, sometimes a nice dinner or a thoughtful gift is enough to show your employees your appreciation.
Good leaders know that each person is essential to the success of the team as a whole. Don’t take the people working for you for granted. Remember that getting the respect you desire first starts with respecting others.