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4 Attitudes That Shape A Good Leader

How to be a good leader and avoid being a 'boss'

16Aug

If employees are the heart of the company that keeps it moving, leadership teams are the brain that guides and directs the company towards success. And as the brain, leadership teams must understand the need to adapt to new environments. It's unlikely that a company is going to be successful if it applies the same business strategy for 20 years, as old-fashioned methods of communication with employees won't get you anywhere with today’s business executive. In a good corporate environment, managers, and employees must ensure they collaborate to get better results, but this is not easy to achieve. So how can leaders ensure their department runs like clockwork?

Leading Works Better Than Bossing

From the classroom to the boardroom, people have learned that an authoritarian approach is not the best when it comes to effective communication. Being a ‘boss’ is no longer relevant in business, with humility a much more effective feature for shaping a good leader. The main difference between ‘leaders’ and ‘bosses’ is that the latter enjoys basking in glory, whereas leaders, while still being in charge, are comfortable crediting others, without losing their confidence and respect in the eyes of employees.

Know Your Limits

Even the kindest, most humble leader has limits, and there is nothing wrong with setting certain 'limits' to avoid misunderstandings and disappointment within the team. A friendly approach is important, but it's more important that the leader is treated as a role model, rather than a peer. Certain lines should be drawn to indicate a senior position, so there is no confusion or disappointment in communication. Balance, however, is the key, as there is a thin line between a maintaining a healthy distance and becoming bossy.

Learn From The Past And Then Leave It Behind

Learning from your experiences and failures is vital for leaders because the lessons learnt can help you avoid mistakes in the future. However, constantly telling your new team how great your previous job and team was would raise a logical question: Why did you leave if the job was so good? As a result, co-workers may view it as a disrespect. Instead, it's worth building a 'bridge' from your past to the future, by carrying a valuable experience in business and management, keeping the rest to yourself in the form of good memories.

There Is Always Room For Improvement

Asking yourself how good you are at your current job is useful, as it helps you understand your strengths and weaknesses and identify ways for improvement as a leader. Corporate environments, like any ecosystem, tend to change and evolve with time, and in order to maintain success, the skill set of a leader has to evolve. A successful leader always keep their mind open to ideas and opportunities, finding ways to master existing skills and acquire new ones. Such an attitude helps to become a role model for others and encourage them to follow your example.

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