Leadership can refer to a title or hierarchical position. However, leadership can also be defined as the motivation and influence to help others do the best they can to achieve their goal. Business leaders aren’t necessarily exclusive to ‘born leaders’. This skill can be developed.
Business leaders can be developed by:
- Undertaking a proactive rather than a reactive approach (rather than just waiting for an issue to arise, do something to avoid it from occurring)
- Being the person you want to see in your team
In order to be an effective leader, you have to go the extra mile.
Instead of just following what’s written, a good leader would:
- Encourage innovation
- Understand that teamwork is essential in accomplishing your goal
- Utilize people’s strengths
- Allows transparent and open communication in order to get the best service or product made
- Trust your gut and have self-confidence
- Have a clear objective that you’re working towards to avoid any unnecessary efforts
As well as this, a leader is human. They make errors. Leadership includes strong resilience and accountability because a good leader is someone who people look to when they need help or guidance. If a mistake is made by yourself or your fellow colleagues, you shouldn’t dwell on it. You should keep moving forward and focus on the end goal.
This is important because, with a good leader, a company can have better longevity since the employees and customers are satisfied. The customers receive what they expect at a good standard and the employees are continually driven and excited to do their best. As Tom Peters has said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders”. A good leader is someone who is there to give a helping hand. A good leader maintains a work spirit. A good leader inspires others to make every effort.