Leadership Tips and The 12 Days of Christmas
Once the Christmas dinner is over and the presents are opened it’s time to chill out, and maybe reflect a little on how this year has gone for you.
Here are our 12 tips for making 2016 your best year yet. And to keep it traditional we are stealing from an old Christmas song.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Leaders don’t just act like the boss and tell other people WHAT to do, but show them HOW to do it. A good leader always shows the way. A boss says ‘Go’, a Leader says ‘Let’s go, follow me’.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
You don’t have to be in a managerial role or have an official title to be a leader. If you are a hard worker and dream big, other people will follow you. Therefore you a leader.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Good Leaders will think outside the box and come up with their own ideas. They create the world around them and this inspires others.
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
A leader might come up with ideas and inspire others, but unless they can unlock the potential in their team, they will be leading no-one. Leaders facilitate and allow the individuals in their teams to grow.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
You can’t go into a project or an idea blind, or it will never work. You must first come up with a vision of what you want, and then show others the way.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
You know the saying: Fake it till you make it… well the same applies to leadership skills. In a company no-one will promote you to manager unless they see you as a manager, meaning you have to act as if you were a manager. If it is your own business – no-one will come work for you if they don’t see you as a leader – so step up and act like one.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
In other words, always be humble, avoid raising your voice and being a hot-head for the sake of it, but don’t be afraid to put your foot down and make the tough calls when needed.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Good Leaders know they can’t do anything without their teams. They are more interested in the end result than in taking the credit. If a leader acts in this way he will no longer be a leader as there will be no team left to lead…
In other words – the smartest thing you can do is hire people who might be smarter than you!
On the Tenth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
Make problem solving fun – and a TEAM activity. If problems are seen as something negative then people will naturally avoid or shy away from dealing with them – which means it is always down to the leader to spot and solve problems. Far better to encourage an environment where problem solving is applauded and everyone wants in.
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Want to be a good leader? Then set the bar high. No – higher than that. But what if you don’t feel confident? This takes me to my last point…
Henry Ford knew what he was talking about when he said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
There is nothing more important when it comes to being a manager than believing in yourself. Believe you can be the best leader in your business and you WILL.
If you want to make 2016 your Best Year Yet – come along to our free Best Year Yet workshops – where we will help you set the strategies you need for making 2016 your absolute Best Year Yet.
If you would like to pre-register for more information email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Best Year Yet” in the subject line.
Wishing you a Prosperous and Happy 2016.