What does it take to be an effective leader? Oftentimes, we take the responsibilities of being a leader for granted. Everyone can be a leader, but not everyone is an EFFECTIVE one. There is a difference. Leading teams and guiding the members, effective leaders also play the role of being a mentor.
However, there are 3 things that aspiring effective leaders can do as a preliminary means to attain this goal they are after:
Strengths and weaknesses – This is one of the most important things as people always gets subjective and defend themselves. Being humble and knowing you don’t know EVERYTHING takes guts. Consequently, improving on one’s strengths contributes greatly to one’s growth. Once you finish self-assessment, you now get to know your team’s strengths and weaknesses. You wouldn’t assign a task related to finance to a person who doesn’t specialize in it. You may however, go out of the box and break the rules, but in the corporate world, you must take things carefully so as not to sabotage everyone’s work.
Communication – How can you function in work without proper communication? As a leader, you must address questions and be ready to answer questions. You must be vocal to the common goal. As the famous quote goes: Communication is the key to understanding. The leader must be reminded that the spotlight is not always on him, he must also be open to what the members have to say and be fair in treating their opinions. No room for personal issues in work. Stay professional when communicating.
Passionate – You’re the parent and therefore, you must be responsive to your children’s needs (In this case, the ones working with you). People will remember you more if you’ve been good to them. Train your members really well and you will not only get the goal you are reaching for, but you are also making the best people out of themselves. That is an achievement beyond words.
In order to be an effective leader, you must be willing to endure all the hardship and difficulty, everything good will follow after.