FOR LEADERS AND ASPIRING LEADERS
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
Its hard to manage others effectively if you cant manage yourself. Self-managing means being able to prioritize your goals and being responsible for accomplishing those objectives. As an effective leader, you must be able to regulate your time, attention and emotions, while remaining aware of your strengths, weaknesses and potential sources of bias.
Exceptional leaders are adept at handling stress and balancing their personal and professional lives. But one must also remember the importance of compassion and be able to respond to people and events in an appropriate way. Remember to maintain self-control and discipline in your actions, though you should avoid becoming overly reserved or inflexible.
Being Accountable and Responsible
Successful managers know how to use power and authority appropriately without overwhelming or overpowering employees. Effective leaders hold themselves accountable and take responsibility for their own mistakesand they expect others to do the same. They can work within established procedures, and be productive and efficient in their decisions.
They appreciate the importance of supporting and encouraging individuality while also understanding organizational structures and the need to follow rules and policies. They are able to balance different perspectives while taking appropriate action
Leaders must be problem solvers who can make decisions under rapidly shifting circumstances. Learning to lead in a complex environment is a vital skill for any leader. Even before any definitive information is available, effective leaders must assess a situations complexity and choose appropriate courses of action
Fostering Creativity and Innovation
Leaders must have the courage to risk experimentation and encourage creativity. Doing this will foster the innovation that will steer the organization to new destinations and around the twists and turns of a changing business landscape.
The key is to always be persistent in pursuing your goals, and open minded and flexible in how you get there. Encourage the people around you to spend at least 15 percent of their time exploring new ideas through brainstorming and prototyping
Creating Lasting Relationships
Compelling leaders do more than just inspire others to follow them; they know how to motivate their employees to strive wholeheartedly for their companys goals. Employees who feel valued and appreciated, who feel like what they do makes a difference, will feel invigorated to push harder to achieve success for their company.
Outstanding leaders also understand that they need to be effective at networking, not just to advance their own careers, but for the benefit of their organization. By creating a vast and varied network of people, leaders establish impactful relationships with customers, clients, partners and even competitors.