7 Tips to become a successful leader

Posted on March 11th, 2014 in Tips and Secrets by Jan Bilgen

7 Tips to become a successful leader

            There are leaders everywhere we go. From teachers to the presidents of student organizations, they are all leaders.  There are many skills that are associated with being a successful leader.  This blog post includes some practical tips that you can implement during your everyday leadership experiences.  As you read through this post, it might be helpful if you take a couple of minutes to reflect on how you are doing with each of these skills.  Don’t forget to set goals for yourself regarding these skills!  Develop a plan of action and see it through.

1.      Respect

Leaders not only have to respect the people they interact with (i.e., employees, customers), but also themselves. Having respect for people can go a long way. It can be hard at times when customers, employees, or partners are not being the most respectful towards you. Leading by example (the next skill on this list) is the key in having people feel respected and inspiring respect amongst others.

2.      Lead By Example

Have you ever heard the phrase, “talk is cheap” or “treat someone the way you would want to be treated”?  Your actions are directly related to becoming a successful leader.  Be the type of person you want those who you lead to be.  Be willing to do the type of things that those who you lead are required to do.  Always lead by example, and ALWAYS own up to your mistakes. It will give others the confidence to become leaders of their own.

3. Take Responsibility

Taking responsibility for your actions and decisions is a great way to lead a group. When you take responsibility you are not only accepting the outcome of your decision, but you are opening yourself up to constructive criticism. Owning up to your mistakes has plenty of benefits. It allows you to correct your mistake and learn from it. Also, taking responsibility right away will have your group respect you more. Taking responsibility not only improves yourself, but it improves the group as a whole.

4.      Be Informative

Have you ever been a part of something and not know what exactly is going on?  There are three main benefits of keeping those you lead informed: gives people a sense of belonging, promotes participation, and it shows that you respect people enough to communicate with them.

5.      Develop Relationships

A successful leader is a person who is purposeful about developed meaningful relationships with those they lead. When people feel connected to something, there is an increase in their level of involvement and the longevity of commitment.  A simple example is when a regular customer came into your store and they were greeted by their first name.  They are going to be more likely to come back to that store because they feel a sense of belonging.

6.      Appreciate others.

Many leaders often overlook the contributions of others. Saying “thank you” or “you’ve done a great job,” can go a long way when leading a group. Giving those you lead who have contributed to the work a private or public recognition will allow them to feel appreciated and will most likely have a positive impact that encourages that person.

7.      Listen

Great leaders are amazing listeners. Don’t you want to have your voice heard and have someone fully understand what you are trying to communicate?  I am assuming that you do.  Make sure that you are giving that to those you lead.  Being an active listener in your role as a leader will create a better environment and have everyone feel like their voice is being heard.

What other tips do you have for future or current leaders to make them more successful?

Thank you,

Faith Karst