Leading in the currently tough economic climate brings many significant challenges. On the other hand, challenging circumstances present opportunities for new and future leaders to emerge. Contrary to popular belief, leadership success is not a fixed end destination. While you might think that you are at your optimal level right now, chances are you are just at the start of the next stage of your development.
So what are my 5 top tips for becoming a better leader?
Tip 1: Get focused
Your ability to deliver results is significantly influenced by the extent to which you are focused. When you are focused, you spend your time and utilise your energies on what will get you the best results. An important part of being focused is understanding what your priorities are and using your time wisely.
Tip 2: Build a success team
No matter how great you are personally, you cannot deliver everything by yourself. Make a point of surrounding yourself with a team of highly motivated, highly capable individuals who complement the skills, knowledge, experience and personal attributes that you have.
Tip 3: Keep looking forward
The past is history. While you can always learn from failures or setbacks that will without doubt arise, focusing on the past will keep you stuck. As a leader your role is to drive things forward. Keep your focus on finding ways to do things better, smarter or for opportunities that you benefit your organisation. If you deliver benefits for your organisation, personal success will follow.
Tip 4: Master communication
If you are going to invest in just one thing, invest in becoming an excellent communicator. Those who can get their point across in writing, verbally and are also great listeners have a head start on the rest as a leader.
Tip 5: Keep developing
In my experience, as people get more senior they spend less and less time on developing themselves. While you might have a busy schedule, failing to continue to invest in yourself will ultimately result in you going backwards or at best staying stuck. If you want to continue to prosper, keep developing.
By Alyssa Faber