Being an effective leader in the workplace can often be a challenge. Supervisors, managers, team leaders and project leaders may find themselves in positions where they have to make decisions that are not popular with their coworkers. However, there are ways to have to make these decisions and still keep their respect. Leaders must first earn the respect of their employees. This isnâ€™t done by walking around full of arrogance or acting superior. Leaders should help and guide others to meet the desired goals. This should be done with clear and concise instructions and direction, yet in a manner that is not degrading. Those who are in leadership positions now only need to know their own strengths and weaknesses, but those of their employees too. Leaders should take time to get to know their group of workers, know their abilities, what areas they are most gifted in, and how best respond to them. It is important to remember that we are all different, learn more, and what works in regards to overseeing one person, may not work for another. Good leaders will maximize the potential of those who work under their guidance. Being in a workplace leadership role requires commitment. There will be times when â€œthrowing in the towelâ€ seems to be the only option, but sticking by the team and working through the difficult times is what makes for a good leader. Leaders should have good, strong morals and stick to them. Solid morals will not only hold a team of workers together, but will make the business as a whole one that consumers will trust.
Is something going on at work that seems off the usual path? Is there a decline in productivity? One factor that might be affecting the company is poor leadership. There are five things to look for that indicate leadership is failing, negatively impacting everyone else.
1. Leaders shift their focus from the big picture to the day-to-day minutia. They begin to micromanage employees and take their eyes off the vision and overall mission of the company.
2. Leaders communicate poorly. Many leaders who have lost focus Read the rest of this entry »
A good leader is responsible for guiding a group through trials and tribulations. Here are the top ten signs of an effective leader.
Nobody wants to follow a leader that is shady and underhanded.
The leader should have everyone’s best interest at heart.
They should always lead with a logical thought process.
Let’s face it. Everyone is wrong at some point.
A leader should be able Read the rest of this entry »
Some fans of the site asked for some fictional examples of leadership in order to wrap their minds around the concepts we’ve spoken about so far. That’s not an unreasonable request but you are going to need DirecTV or some decent provider in order to catch some of the shows we will be referring to.
The Walking Dead – AMC
Despite ostensibly being a series about a world where zombies overrun the Earth it is a very human series with very human stories. It is about how humans react when faced with an overwhelmingly hostile and bleak world and Rick Grimes, the main character, is the quintessential leader. Throughout the series, Rick is forced to make tough decisions for the good of the group.
Stargate Universe – SyFy
A group of civilian scientists and military personnel are forced to flee from their base and find themselves on a strange alien ship. Throughout the series Colonel Young, the military leader aboard the ship, is forced to do everything from sacrificing his own crew to mercy killing those closest to him.
Noticing a pattern?
A leader is someone who makes the kind of decisions that no one else can. A leader is someone who will sacrifice friendship, love and comfort for the greater good of those who follow him – even if it makes him very unpopular. He is courageous enough to stand alone and bear the brunt of his choices with dignity and honor.
That is what it means to be a leader.
Leadership is a trait we all have inside of us. Each day we are presented with the opportunity to lead those around us. It is how we lead that will determine the impact on others.
A good leader will be aware of the needs of those that are being led. A caring and compassionate, yet strong minded person is someone who will make a good leader. By demonstrating traits that others want to emulate will allow a person to take followers under their wing.Never heard Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to being a leader there are a lot of different qualities that you should possess. However, there are also a lot of misconceptions about leading that you need to make sure you don’t follow, otherwise it could lead to some major tension on your team.
First of all, being assertive isn’t the same thing as being aggressive. When you’re assertive you are confident, you speak clearly, and you make eye contact with those you’re talking to. This projects an aura of someone that is in full control of a situation.Never Read the rest of this entry »
If you are in the position to try and become a new leader, you will need to know that there are several things that you need to change about yourself to succeed. The majority of people tend to think that they must go through a lot of training to become a good leader but this is not true. You simply just need to learn how to be more organized and gain the respect from everyone under you. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s no question that being a leader is a tough position and can take a toll on even the best of leaders. Though all great leaders know that what makes a leader a leader is making those tough choices, without fearing the consequences. Many leader’s are usually the last ones to sleep, as they continuously ponder over elements that may affect their decision to ensure success or reduce lost depending on what the decision may be. Many leaders put more hours into whatever the cause Read the rest of this entry »
Being an effective leader in the workplace can often be a challenge. Supervisors, managers, team leaders and project leaders may find themselves in positions where they have to make decisions that are not popular with their coworkers. However, there are ways to have to make these decisions and still keep their respect.
Leaders must first earn the respect of their employees. This isn’t done by walking around full of arrogance or acting superior. Leaders should help and Read the rest of this entry »