The mark of a good leader is knowing what to stop and/or cut out. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, you’re not as bright as you think you are. In fact, you’re going to burn out! It’s time to fine tune the organization leader in you and maximize your abilities at the helm.
Take this time to look inward. It’s hard for us to evaluate our own abilities, but no one can do that better than yourself.
Let’s face it. You already exhibit a certain leadership style. You wouldn’t be where you are without it. Now, let’s take it up a notch, reviewing five tips to sharpen your leadership style
1. Embrace Innovation
In our world with technology changing daily, a leader should embrace what technology can do for you, and not fight it. Look for ways to implement tools and tricks to lessen the workload. Innovation in the workplace is, in some cases, the answer to our industry’s continual need for more skilled staff. In my office, it was a struggle to get used to Google Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc. We were forced to work with Shared Folders during COVID, and now wouldn’t think of working without it. It is convenient to sign in and have access to everything you need wherever you are. It is also convenient to have connectivity with these documents in apps on your cell phone, allowing edits and “sending” abilities in real time.
2. Learn and Educate
Education is a lifelong process. When attending professional development courses, I always respect a long-time executive in the audience. One can never be too old to learn. A true leader is in continual learning mode.
3. Co-Worker Performance
Happy employees are more creative, innovative and dedicated.
Your workplace environment can be focused and serious, but don’t forget to have fun. Your leadership style impacts this in a big way.
It’s a proven fact the happier your employees are, the more successful your organization.
4. Admit Your Strengths and Weaknesses
While you can try to improve the areas where you’re weaker, understand that no one is perfect. When you know your weaknesses, you’re more likely to seek assistance, which bodes well for the success of your organization. In my workplace, I needed help with the financial aspects of my operation. We incorporated an outside accounting firm. This helped our organization grow exponentially during my 32-year career at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
5. Great Communicator
Great leaders keep their teams informed of all major issues, and news going on within an organization. And remember, communication involves both talking and listening. In debriefings and staff meetings, talk about these items.
In closing, being a leader in today’s world is not an easy task. It requires a personality that steps up and stands out. In my opinion, a leader has to continually be open to improvement. These tips will help keep you on point.