How To Be a Good Leader

How To Be A Good leader

If you are in Leadership- It is important that you know How To Be A Good Leader…

It is easy to spot the difference between a leader and a boss. If you have been employed by more than one employer, I am sure you have seen the differences and could give your definition of the two.

Being a good leader is like being good at anything else. You work at it with the attitude that you are not trying to make a name for yourself, you are trying to make a name for the team. That way you are getting credit for how to manage and promote a team’s efforts.

The differences are easy to detect once you have worked for either, or. It also depends upon your drive to succeed regardless of which person is leading you. Good and bad experiences dictate to us how to proceed with our own life goals. This may involve becoming a manager, who becomes a leader.

If you love what you do and want to succeed regardless of the stepping-stones; learning to deal with less than an efficient manager is mandatory. One must learn that every experience is noteworthy and it is how one handles the experience, which dictates the results.

Good leaders are not born- they are made! Yes, There Are Two Groups of Leadership

The Gifted Leader:

  • The gifted leader knows themselves well. They are confident, knowledgeable, and accomplished. However, in explicit terms, they have interpersonal skills.
  • They want others to succeed and they find methods to make other people feel efficient and capable. They realize they were once on the same level as their staff. They are aware that to succeed within the team, everyone must contribute.
  • They are confident enough to know they can and will have better results by listening to the ideas of the staff. They hear and listen; they are aware that other variables besides their own, can give the same or better results.
  • These leaders are not out to make their light shine the brightest. They give credit to the individuals who give good ideas and put them to work successfully.

Good Leaders Know Who Must Take Responsibility

  • These professionals know that every result is their responsibility, good or bad. There is no blame game if the results are less than perfect. They are fully capable of handling what could have been done differently without causing discouragement to their staff.
  • They respect each person as having adequate knowledge for the job until they learn differently. Then they step up to train and encourage instead of demeaning or criticizing. They teach and care about how a person relates to their position and offer assistance for what might be lacking.
  • They work within the team and do not sit behind the desk and give out orders or duties.
  • These people are good people to work for; be it a man or a woman.
  • A person who has all of the above qualities is someone who has emotional intelligence. These people make the best leaders be they women or men.  This is the leader that you may have heard your friend describe as having taught them more than they learned in their first two years of college.

 The Boss Who Sits Behind the Desk and Gives Orders Not Know How To Be a Good Leader…

He or she is well known for not participating with the team…

It just seems that some people for one reason or the other do not see the need to work closely with their team members.

  • They are standoffish and distant, hard to get to know, and give out the message that their way is the only way, and their knowledge is far above anyone else.
  • They give instructions from their desk and often in written form or without explanation of the desired results.
  • They simply expect the employee to know what and how to carry out the instructions, and then complain if questions need answers.
  • They do not accept weakness in others.
  • They expect efficiency in all aspects of the job; they do not want to train.
  • They do not accept responsibility when the team fails; it is always the inefficient one or anyone.

Some Bosses Are Just That-Bosses

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  • They do not work with the team to succeed; they expect the team to succeed on their own and if things go bad their attitude changes to scoff toward the staff. They should have known better.
  • They love self-praise. There is no praise for a job well done for anyone they are paid to succeed.
  • They make themselves available to the most efficient and fail to recognize the newly hired.
  • They are not a leader; they are the boss with a title.

How To Deal With The Boss – Not Easy But Possible

The latter descriptions of the boss are for those employees who can work with little supervision and know their job well. They must have sufficient training and know the ins and outs of the position.

We know that most new jobs within a company require some training as to how the company operates.  Often immediate supervisors give new employees a printed copy of the procedure manual without anything further.

When working with this kind of boss one must have his or her plan for being efficient. This often means keeping up with guidelines, policy, and procedural changes, and implementing them efficiently.

Bosses who do not pay attention unless ‘you screw up’ will notice efficiency whether they tell you or not.  You must learn the behavior, know your own abilities, and keep working to succeed.

There is, of course, another solution, but one cannot hop from job to job looking for the ideal leader. It is often an unfortunate position to be in, but there is survival, and sometimes bosses move on.

Interpersonal Skills Are Most Important…

In our efforts to get you to think about your role as a leader, and how to be a good leader, Interpersonal Skills are required.

What Most Companies Look For In Leadership Quality – It is not what you think…

Interpersonal skills are now one of the most sought-after qualities most major companies look for in managers. Possessing a high degree of intelligence, and having sufficient other work-related skills are not enough anymore.

Companies do not want the hassle of hiring managers frequently. They want someone motivated and those who can motivate others while inspiring others. Upper management needs someone who will promote the skills and accomplishments of the team. In short, they want a leader.

The company must succeed and the best way for that to happen is by hiring those who are not only knowledgeable but possess the ability to take a team and help them become the team that everyone wants to work with.

This is not only profitable in dollars for the company but also frees up upper management’s time of having to worry about a manager who is constantly at odds with their staff.

A results-oriented manager has a plan and strategy to make the job run smoothly (not just for himself or herself, but everyone); will stand out in the company, and becomes a valuable asset.

 Lead and others will follow!

“The leader who excels is one who is conscious of their teams needs. The leader who leaves a good impression on a team, will always be remembered as someone who had the ability to promote, yet challenge, support, and lead them to success.”

Updated 6-15-22

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