Developing leadership skills is often a matter of trial and error. We must learn to experiment and take risks.
Indeed, this is how we hone our leadership skills. Last year I learned 3 valuable lessons on leadership. They concern leadership skills born of necessity.
Everyone faces difficulties in their job at times. At times, you struggle to get your message over. Occasionally, someone blocks your way.
What do you do?
Here’s what you need to do: shine. Become a beacon of good practice. Be a champion for the corporate good.
3 Lessons Learned About Leadership
Developing leadership skills demands knowledge and experience. Read as much as you like and sooner or later, you have to take risks and put what you learned into practice.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John Maxwell
Have a game plan
I choose my words carefully. Business is game play. Everyone has an agenda. And every so often, your goals get in someone’s way. So play to win and choose your battles carefully.
Win out for business.
Align your goals to business objectives. Understand how the team and your service benefits the business. Be clear about this.
So, mentally prepare your game plan. And be positive and upbeat when you tell people what you’re doing. Continually tell them how well things are going and back this with evidence.
Finally, stick with it and don’t be distracted.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John Maxwell
Show ’em evidence
Paint a picture of the future. Not through planning and budgeting, but by showing people what needs to change.
Why? Because we don’t intellectualize emotions, we feel them. Seeing things elicits an emotional response. A response needed for success. A response needed to get people on-side.
So show them evidence.
And keep giving it to them. Facts erode the argument. Sooner than later, your adversaries will champion change.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker
The last leadership lesson concerns credibility.
If you promise to deliver, you must deliver. The team’s performance is paramount. So, pay attention to your goals, don’t be distracted, and be open and transparent about results.
Moreover, be enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic and have a can-do mentality. This makes for a productive and happy team. And this gets you noticed for the right reasons!
Do you want to learn more about leadership? What do you want to know? What lessons can you share about leadership? You are welcome to ask questions and share your experiences in the comments.