I’ve spent the past several years observing leaders and identifying strengths and weaknesses. After processing these qualities I try and incorporate strengths into my own leadership style. Below is a list of some of what I’ve learned so far:
1. Always put those you lead above yourself. The fact that you have super-talented, creative people following you is a blessing; bottom line . . . leading is an honor, but in no way does your title or position separate you from those you lead.
2. When those you lead come to you about a problem always put yourself in their shoes before judging the situation. Try not to be so quick to throw your two cents in . . . most of the time you’ll just put your foot in your mouth. Even if you do not agree or understand, always make the other person feel respected and do your best to meet them where they are and together find a solution. Nothing makes me want to walk away from a leader more than when I feel disrespected by that person.
3. Always be willing to listen to the ideas from those you lead. Whether or not the ideas can be used, handle the conversations with care and always end them with encouragement and inspire ideas and dreams to keep coming. An organization can’t go from good to great with just your ideas alone . . . trust me, your probably not that brilliant, LOL!
4. Quickly admit when you’ve made a mistake & never try to hide weaknesses. Sometimes our role as a leader makes us want to appear to have it all together, to hide our mistakes, and avoid exposing our weaknesses. BUT, your team will never know how to work with you well if they do not know your strengths AND your weaknesses. They will not be able to “gel” with you if they do not understand your personality . . . the good and the bad. And they will not LIKE you if you always pretend to never make mistakes.
Process how you behave as a leader, and never be afraid to make changes. Moment by moment, while living life with those you lead, try your best to be the leader you are called to be . . . never forget that you can lose this honor within a blink of an eye, so give it all you’ve got. Don’t just lead . . . lead well.