True leadership does not depend on a title or a reporting structure. It is all about how you inspire people around you to give 100%, whether it’s your boss, employees or co-workers, and it is in the way you treat them.
It doesn’t matter if you have just a couple of years of professional experience or you are an experienced worker, as long as you help others (and yourself) to accomplish goals and give their maximum on the job.
If you truly want to become an inspiring, respected and reliable leader, you should have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and in what way, so that you can lead others towards a final goal. Respect others so that they can respect you and learn to recognize values of every person around you because only then you can stand up for your team.
If you want to be a respected leader it is very important to have a strong work ethic. There is no room for false promises to get attention and make yourself great; you should show that your actions are stronger than words. You should strive to show consistently through your work ethic that you are trustworthy and that your team members can rely on you.
All in all, you should be a great role model. If you don’t respect other people’s time and don’t do what you say you will there’s no point in expecting others to respect you. Set the standard you will follow and inspire your co-workers to do the same.
Don’t be afraid to take risks! Be bold, stand behind your decisions and face the consequences. Admit you’ve made a mistake and don’t hesitate to put yourself out on the frontline. Be an example for others and inspire them to take risks as well. You should be open to any suggestions and be there for each other if any of your colleagues are in doubt or have a problem with completing a work task.
Invest in your colleague’s improvement in order to create a strong, skillful team. Talk to people, find out what their weak spots are and what are they good at and help them improve themselves.
If you see potential in weak workers, invest in additional English lessons or special skill developing programs to help them grow, personally and professionally. Don’t hesitate to invest in employee development because it will only strengthen their knowledge and your team will be more productive and successful.
Get to know your colleagues and team members and give them a chance to know you as well. If you inspire your co-workers to bond and to stop seeing each other as rivals or work acquaintances, you are more likely going to create a team of reliable people around you that cooperate and help each other. That will create a healthy work environment and it will result in successfully finished work tasks.
Leadership is not just about what you can do alone because you are a part of a team and acting like you are above them in any way will only have the opposite effect on the progress of your business. It is very important to inspire your team members, to encourage them to listen to their gut and to empower them. Rise above the negativity and you will see how far your team can go if only you put your heart and your soul into making it strong.
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Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur, freelance writer and self-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. Currently, she is spreading the word about the different challenges one can take in order to upgrade their life. In her spare time, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.