At its core, leadership is the art of influencing others. Being a great leader has more to do with the questions you ask and how well you listen than telling others what to do.
The best way to become a more effective leader is to embark on a lifelong learning journey that helps you become the best “you” possible. And as you personally work at doing the “hard things” yourself, you gain the wisdom and insight to help others do the same.
It is scientific fact that our perceptions drive our actions, and we can never out-perform our self-concept. For our actions to change, we must learn a more effective way and then diligently practice until it becomes a habit. If people are unknowingly holding self-limiting beliefs, they will never reach their full potential. Ask yourself:
If your teams are underperforming, it might be time to look inward to investigate how you could change your approach to get the best from your team. Only by critically examining and addressing our own self-perceptions as leaders can we step into our full potential to effectively lead others.
Navigate team dynamics
Managing and leading teams can be complicated. Everyone brings different life experiences, values, and perspectives to the table. As a leader, it’s important to gain a strong understanding of yourself and others. Doing this work will allow you to avoid conflict before it starts and best leverage the unique strengths of each team member.
Studies have shown that most people quit their job not because they hate their job, but because they don't feel appreciated by their leaders. Staff is one of the biggest overhead costs for businesses and the best businesses know how important it is to protect this investment. Developing your leadership will pay dividends to both the emotional well-being of your team, as well as your bottom line as you mitigate costly turnover.
Swim, don’t sink
Growing your leadership and learning how to orient yourself around the needs of your teams is like learning how to swim: It feels difficult at first, but you quickly gain the confidence in knowing that you’ll survive any pool you jump into. You may just realize you now have the entire team willing to jump in with you.