10 Steps to becoming a great leader

“Do as I say, not as I do” may yield results from your team, but it won’t necessarily create long term commitment from your staff or a positive work environment where your people go the extra mile for the success of the business. Being a leader instead of just an employer, will establish a pattern of mutual respect, and a team mentality that will see those results become simply a starting point that you, your staff and your business will grow from.

Here are 10 steps to becoming a great leader:

1. Do it first
If you can tell your staff or team that you’ve BEEN THERE, DONE THAT you’ll have more credibility and will gain more respect for what you want.

2. Take the best of what you’ve done and improve on it
After you’ve established your credibility, sort through the best of your experience and improve it to suit THIS situation.

3. Be reasonable in your expectations
Remember that it took you a long time to get to your current expertise level, so be reasonable about what you expect others to accomplish for you.

4. Give direction and then back off
Let people do what they need to do. If you have a team; let them do their jobs. Don’t micromanage every detail. Most people work best when they’re given autonomy.

5. Offer support on an as-needed basis
Let those you manage know that you’re there for support when the going gets tough, but don’t do their jobs for them.

6. Build in accountability
With autonomy comes accountability and responsibility. Make sure people know that you expect them to “own up” to what they have to do.

7. Be crystal clear about your goals
It’s amazing what people hear. Be definitive about where you want your team to go and the timeline for getting there. No one likes to flounder in a haze of unclear and ambiguous direction.

8. Reward in public, reprimand in private
You won’t gain respect for chewing someone out in front of others. Remember, the ultimate responsibility is yours and if your people KNOW that you back them up, they’ll go the extra mile for you.

9. Credit the team
If a department or group has been successful in meeting the goals set, acknowledge them in open forums and public opportunities. Do this even when you know that one or two of the members has not fully pulled his weight. You’ll gain their respect and they’ll be more willing to follow you the next time.

10. Be sensitive to unusual circumstances
No matter how much you’d like to think that the company comes first, people do have private lives and sometimes personal circumstances can affect their focus. Be sensitive within a reasonable period of time and then call them on it if they are not functioning up to par.

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