7 Leadership Tips to Implement Today
As a leader in the workplace, a lot of a pressure is on you to continually improve yourself and those you manage. Try using one or more of these helpful tips to become a better leader or manager today at your place of business! Most of these leadership tips were discussed at a recent convention of home care professionals. These 7 leadership ideas are not mine, but rather those of Mr. Brett Dierickson of Green Bay Carpet Cleaners, who leads his team of professionals on a daily basis. He informed the audience at the November 2016 convention that these leadership tips have allowed him to grow his business 10x over the past 12 years. Pretty remarkable considering a recession was part of those 12 years.
Do as you say.
Leading by example is easier said than done, but it’s critically important to being a successful leader. Have integrity in both your word and your deed. Do I do, not as I say. I work 10 hours a day, how many do you work? I am the first one in the office every day and the last one to leave. What are your work habits?
Check your ego at the door.
While you might technically be the boss, being a leader is even more important than being in charge in the grand scheme of things. It’s easy to be confident and maybe even arrogant when you’re the boss. What takes more effort is truly being humble, and if you can genuinely convey your humility, your employees will sincerely appreciate it.
Shorten your meetings.
We don’t mean that you should just cut out important parts of your meetings; rather, actively focus on how you can make your meetings more efficient and less fluffy. Everyone will thank you for it.
Get advice from a mentor.
Although you might be the leader of your group, that doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Find someone you admire and respect, and then take note of the things they do that you love. My mentors include Robert Kiosoki of Rich Dad Poor Dad, George W. Bush,
- Be more specific.
When you’re assigning a task, following up on an assignment, or even just writing an email, try to add specificity in any way possible. Include actual dates and deadlines as well as precise action items. Start at the beginning and explain what needs to be done thoroughly. Sometimes you need to dumb it down as though you are speaking to a child. Don’t treat your employees like children, but do give them all the details that they need to be successful.
- Read a new book.
There are thousands of great books out there on leadership—find one that sounds interesting, pick it up, and read the whole thing. You might not agree with every single thing you read, but opening your mind to new ideas is crucial to improving as a leader. Two books worth taking a look at include Decision Points by George W Bush, and Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
- Be transparent.
It might seem like it’s your prerogative as a leader to hide things from your team, but that’s just not the best idea. Your employees are smart, and they’ll know if you try to hide something from them. Be honest at all times.
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