What Makes a Leader the Leader?
Leadership is sometimes a complicated endeavor. What is it that makes a leader a leader? While their are a number of key characteristics, one of the most important is the dedication of the leader to the success and recognition of their people. Seems simple, right?
One of the major impediments to success in this area of leadership and management is the “pride factor”. Too often managers let their own pride get in the way of providing recognition and sharing or directing credit to others. They do not invest the time and effort in real communication with people in their business unit. Sharing credit for a job well done and directing credit to others represents a hallmark of the best leaders.
Leadership Stumbling Blocks
This is a blind spot for many mangers. They see themselves as the center of the universe and their ego and pride in their own contribution gets in the way of becoming an outstanding leader. Their first step is to recognize that they are not contributing as a leader to the success and growth of their business unit.and prevent a leader from admitting that they may be a contributor to any problem. there are a number of stumbling blocks but among the most troublesome are the following:
- Failure to recognize that a leader gives credit to others. A leaders job is to motivate their people. To accomplish this, the leader must build relationships based on trust. If members of the team do a good job but the leader takes credit, or does not direct credit to the performers, the motivation goes down fast. Leaders lead and if employees do not enthusiastically follow, their is no leadership.
Not employing effective communication and relationship building. To lead one must communicate. Regular interaction and sincere interest in each member of the team is essential. Communication means interaction. It’s the “management by walking around” and talking around that counts. If you communicate with your people you are showing interest and you are building the bridge to performance.
- The lack of commitment to listening to your people. Leaders listen. Leaders encourage input from their people. When someone has an idea or an issue, the leader finds time to focus on what that person has to say as if nothing else matters except what that person has to say. many managers are almost fearful or to arrogant to consider another person view. Bid mistake!
Managers get out of the employees spotlight
It really is this simple. The manager who really wants to develop into an outstanding leader must take themselves out of the spotlight and put their people on stage. the more a manager finds the opportunity to promote the success of their people, to give them deserved recognition and to stop worrying about their own recognition the more effective they become. Give your people credit and a high-performance team will emerge. For true leadership and management, this is an essential factor.
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