Ain’t that true! We’ve been listening to and seeing the life history of many successful leaders who in a way changed the world or tried to change the world. There wouldn’t be any person who was not inspired by their stories or speech or action or approach that made us think for at least a second to be/become like them. True isn’t it! We all were taken away by their success stories having filled by their aura in our lives that would not have been depicted or probably waiting to be revealed. Some of us might even be under the disguise, waiting for the perfect time to unveil the hidden potential. Believe me, being a leader is not as easy as we discuss, it takes way beyond thinking. The ability to think or have a thought to become a leader is surely appreciated, but, that alone does not serve the purpose. It rather takes the courage to step forward and live the dream by walking in it. With the seed alive to become a leader, it takes a series of steps to be followed continuously, in order to achieve that mark of seeing yourself as a leader for real.
Below are few quintessential practices that help you to become a successful leader wherever you are especially when you’re in an organization.
The first ingredient that adds to the nourishment of the thought to become a successful leader is being honest. Honesty is the important trait that any leader should possess when walking the pathway to leading. Your honesty will often be reflected in your team and the beliefs or principles you hold on to will eventually be shown, followed by your team or your organization.
As a leader, one should always develop a thirst for having a vision and being visionary helps the person to stay focused towards accomplishing the vision. He not only shares the vision for his team but also formulates strategies and implements them with his team to accomplish the vision.
Being a leader requires one to be an individual who fosters and encourages creativity among his team members. This trait of his, to encourage innovation among his team members, equips them to be inventive, experimental and productive adding to their progressive development.
Having confidence and believing in self is the most important attribute that contributes towards becoming a successful leader. One who believes in himself knows his ability to adapt himself to any changes in the organization and never doubts what he can do. No matter what the peer pressure, a self-confident person always marches forward to attain the certain set of goals as ordained by the management.
Being an effective communicator helps the leader to know his team better. This further helps him to better know their concerns and develop a mutual sense of understanding and unity among his team members. Any issues can be easily addressed and negotiated if you communicate with your team on a regular basis.
A successful team leader works towards enhancing his team, i.e., building his team and promoting teamwork. Working with a diverse team of distinct personalities, encouraging their talents, skills to perform excel in their work, helps the leader to establish an impactful relationship with his team.
Lead by Example
When leading a unique group of people, a leader should rather instill the trust in his team that they can rely on him. He should lead them by setting an example that his team members would further get motivated to follow him, his principles and his vision. We all know, rather than getting the things done by the team, a leader himself works along with his team.
A leader should not overpower his team, instead, he should display humility in erasing the barriers when working in/with his team. He should know how to use his power and authority appropriately. He should understand the importance of appreciating, motivating employees while understanding the organizational structure, its policies, and procedures.
A leader should prioritize tasks based on the requirement and should be a quick decision maker. His decision making ability with respect to achieving goals and under critical situations is what masters him to be an effective leader. Prioritising tasks, goals and being persistent enough to achieve them makes him push harder to achieve success for the company.
A leader should be a problem solver making tough decisions with respect to the work and his people. He should be a good negotiator, delegating with the team when any conflict arises. Not being biased, he should play a negotiator role to sort out the issue and establish collaborative work environment.