Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
1.A positive attitude
Every situation – no matter how complex it may be – can turn into an opportunity for a charismatic leader. An urgent meeting with the board of directors, can be seen as a chance to share information about the progress being made at work. An unplanned business trip is a good time to get some new input. Rather than passively enduring events, top leaders grab the reins and make sure that they benefit from them.
2. Knowledge sharing
I know what you’re thinking: weren’t we talking about charisma and personality? Indeed we were, and the first step in getting your team to listen to you, is to grab their attention and engage them, but what do you do next? A real leader must have genuine substance and value to offer to the company. How can this be done? Idle small talk is not the way to go: a memorable leader must organize regular meetings for flowing communication that is always constructive.
3. Promoting self-esteem
What is the difference between a boss and a leader? The former looks for approval, while the latter helps people to believe in themselves and develop their self-esteem, which is the best way to build up a motivated, confident and successful team.
Real leaders realize that their positions are reliant on networks of relationships, which are their only genuine sources of strength. Charismatic leaders stand out because of the way in which they manage these relationships: magnetism and charisma are essential innate qualities in these figures, as is the ability to treat colleagues like human beings and strike an empathic chord through dialogue on an emotional level.
Some bosses act like celebrities. Their diaries are always off limits and their secretaries are taught to fob off any requests for meetings. Meanwhile, likeable leaders never miss an opportunity to devote time to the people in their networks. Learn from them by being open and approachable and by appreciating the true value of all of your resources.