What Great Leaders Do
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to scuba dive for the first time. I must say that it was quit an adventure. Something I will never forget. I attended a 90 minute orientation in which they taught us to breathing techniques and other safety precautions to help us during our diving experience. After our orientation we headed into the ocean and it was incredible. After our experience was over I walked by another small group of people who were receiving their orientation for the first time and listened for a moment as they listened intently to their guide.
I noticed that the techniques that they were being taught were exactly the same as what I had received. What was successful for one group was obviously successful for the next. I thought to myself, “that is the way it is with leadership.” The techniques for great leaders are often the same. What great leaders do at one location will be often the same at another. Success techniques simply don’t change too much for different leaders.
I have listed below some of the techniques that I have seen leaders use. These techniques will work if you give them a chance. Here are a few that will help you:
Make others feel important
If your goals and decisions are self-centered, followers will lose their enthusiasm quickly. Emphasize their strengths and contributions not your own.
Followers need a clear idea of where you’re leading them and they need to understand why that goal is valuable to them. Your job as a leader is to provide that vision.
Follow the Golden Rule
Treat your followers the way you enjoy being treated. An abusive leader attracts few loyal followers.
Admit your mistakes
If people suspect that you’re covering up your own errors, they’ll hide their mistakes too and you’ll lack valuable information for making decisions.
Stay close to the action
You need to be visible to the members of your organization. Talk to people, visit other offices and work sites, ask questions and observe how business is being handled. Often you will gain new insights into your work and find new opportunities for motivating your followers.
Practice these techniques in your work environment and like the instructions I received for my scuba diving experience…they will lead you to success!
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the
few who have the ambition and willpower to develop themselves.
– Herbert N. Casson
Posted on November 17, 2009, in Leadership, Relationships, Team and tagged Communication, consistency, Effective Leader, Habits, Human Relations, Leadership, recognition, team building, Techniques of effective leaders, Unlock Potential. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.