Do You Know These Key Leadership Secrets?
By Alan Olsen
Is there a magic formula to becoming a good leader? Well, in reality no, there isn’t. However, there are some hidden secrets that you should know about if you want to lead successfully. Because most people are not just “born leaders.” They have to earn it.
A Lateral Move Could Be Wise
Anyone motivated to become a leader is interested in moving up the ranks. However, a promotion is not the only way you can gain more leadership skills. It’s also not the only sign that you’re becoming a good leader. Did you know that a lateral transfer could be just as helpful in your development as a leader? Sure, you want to move up the proverbial ladder, but accepting a lateral transfer is a sign of your versatility, orachance to show your versatility. That means you can learn new skills and create new relationships. Those are true qualities of a leader.
Don’t Be a Control Freak
Being a good leader means being willing to listen to other people and giving them credit for goodideas. Avoid the trap of being a control freak, taking credit for everything good that happens, and from commanding that everyone do things your way. This is not how a good leader operates.
Get a Good Read on the Situation
Good leaders know how to read a room. In other words, they pay attention to what’s going on around them. They see signs of discord, or boredom and they can tell when the ship needs to be righted. If you aren’t doing so already, then learn how to read a room, then have an open and honest discussion to get things back on the right course.
Be Emotionally Stable
We all get frustrated. When things go wrong sometimes we want to lash out or blame someone for blowing their responsibility. However, good leaders don’t let their emotions control them. They control their emotions. Act, instead of react. You might not know all the right answers in the moment, but when you act with a calm head you’re more likely to make the right choices that will correct the problem.
Be a Mentor
You don’t have totake on several subjects and mentor their every move. But a good leader takes a sincere interest in helping others become successful. Good leaders take the time to help lead others. They don’t just brush them off. They teach by example and encourage others to reach their full potential. Good leaders not only inspire others to become leaders, but they show them how it’s done by their own example.
Focus on Your Emotional Intelligence
Your level of emotional intelligenceis a sure sign of your leadership capabilities. While you might be the smartest guy, or girl, in the room, that doesn’t mean you always have to jump up and prove it. Sometimes, it’s better to work together with others to solve a problem, instead of just doing it yourself. This can lead to new skills for everyone as well as greater team unity.