How do you know who is a great leader? By looking at the quality of the team they lead. Truly, any responsible leader should have a passion and persistence for building an elite team. Why be satisfied with anything mediocre?
Because of this, I constantly seek to improve my leadership abilities. Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of experience, advice and lessons. Here are some that I wish to share with you. Hopefully these tips can help you in your leadership roles too.
1.Create leaders at all levels.
Elite teams have leaders at all levels. One of the biggest mistakes that a leader can make is to amass power to themselves and not delegate work. This is problematic, especially when your organisation or team begins to expand—you can’t afford to micromanage every single thing. Having leaders at every level and delegating duty to them does a few things: one, it takes burden off you so that you can focus on the things that others can’t do. Secondly, it means you are creating more leaders under you. People who can still inspire and lead, even if you are not there to provide orders.
2.Make the team feel safe
In the volatile economic situations today, it is all about trust and loyalty. The environment often makes the team fear about their job stability, their income and their livelihood. When everyone on the team can trust the leadership, they have an overwhelming sense of comfort. Imagine if everyone on your team embodied this kind of philosophy. What a profound sense of loyalty that would create. This starts at the top by senior leaders staying calm during crises, communicating effectively, providing solutions and executing them. When the team feels safe and supported, they will do everything in their power to execute their responsibilities and go above and beyond to help achieve company goals.
3.Be quick in adapting to change
This critical, and I have mentioned this in my previous blogposts several times. All businesses experience change—or else they would not survive in the pace of innovation that we live in today. Change management requires a few key things from the leadership. First, you need to communicate what the change is and why it is necessary. Second, every single team member has to understand how this change impacts them and what is required of them. Third, the team needs to be assured that the leadership will provide full support and adequate resources for all during the transitional period of change. In short, make sure everyone is on board with you.
4.Be a servant to your team
Great leaders embrace the concept of servant leadership. If a task is something that they have not done or not willing to do, they would not ask their team to do it. When you’re out there steering the ship, the team needs to know you still care intimately about their specific roles in achieving the company’s vision. Make your team feel cared for, not used.
5.Always eat last
I have been reading about war and combat recently, and I learned something interesting. Traditionally in the military, the officers eat last during meal times. They would not eat until they are sure that everyone is provided with their necessary nourishment. Sometimes, they even give up their food rationing to the sick or weaker soldiers. This is a simple but profoundly impactful gesture of leadership. When you sacrifice for your team, they will sacrifice for you. And don’t we all need team members who go the extra mile?
Leading an organisation is not easy, and there are many decisions that just have no simple solutions to. Nevertheless, these five elements of leadership have proven to be effective and impactful regardless of what I do—I do hope they inspire you too![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]你不能不知的领导5诫训！
这是罗伯特·K.·格林里夫（Robert K. Greenleaf）所提出的领导原理。