Top 7 Key Areas Of Successful Leadership

Top 7 Key Areas Of Successful Leadershipleadership

Veteran leaders can pass along valuable advice from their experience. In your
leadership you can accelerate your effectiveness if you utilize basic tips such as the
following:
1. Stick to Subject You Know:
Don’t try to sound like an authority on subjects on which you are not sure.
Stay on the track! Stay with those topics you have prepared to talk about and
have the background and knowledge to impress your listeners favorably.
2. Learn To Think Like a Leader:
This means being ever on the alert for ideas, quotations, figures, benefits –
anything you hear, read, see or think about that might be valuable as
ammunition for you. Examples always help to sell yo
ur points; keep on the
lookout for them.
3. Prepare – Prepare – Prepare:
Supposed leaders who have little worthwhile to say, have been known to
resort to tricks and camouflage to make themselves look good! Dropping
names – blaming others – using meaningless technical terms – lamenting the
shortage of time – quoting mysterious authorities – all these devices have
been used.
Successful leaders agree, however, that the more you do your homework the
less the need for any tricks. Know your material, prepare with care in a
dvance
– then you have confidence in your developed and natural leadership traits
,skills and develop others
4. Motivating Your Team:
Motivating is that leadership skill of developing other people to do a better
job. Within every business there are recognised criteria for people
development.
What are these criteria for developing others (let’s call them People
Developers)?
Achievement
Recognition
Participation
Growth
These four factors are inter-related and overlap. One factor may be more
important to one individual than another. It is your job as a leader to
ascertain what others require in their development.
5. Achievement and Recognition:
Satisfaction, a sense of personal accomplishment that a challenge has been
met and the job has been well done. For most people, achievement is a
reward in itself. It is the basic thing which spurs people to go and do a better
job.
How do you as a leader use achievement as a developer? If someone knows
that they have achieved something, they must first know what is expected of
them, a set goal, if they are to realize later they have achieved it or exceeded
it. Thus, if you intend to use achievement as a developer you must be sure
you clearly outline goals for your people to strive for.
Recognition is closely related to achievement, it is meaningless unless earned.
Recognition is an expression of approval or appreciation by others whose
opinion and judgment is valued. Within the business world you have many
ways to show recognition.
A few being:-
– Pins
– Plaques
– Money
– Talks at Seminars and Meetings
– Mentions in Company Literature
– Titles
Recognition and praise will show many unknown facets – like a diamond.
Recognition polishes it and allows latent talent to shine out.
6. Participation:
People are more strongly motivated if they feel they have helped in the
planning of their objectives rather than being told. They should feel as part of
not only their own work but of the total group and Company.
Remember inactivity is often caused by feelings of inadequacy. Participation
can overcome this feeling of inadequacy.
7. Growth:
The person, who feels as if they are at a dead end, probably is. They must
feel that there are the opportunities available for them to grow and that they
are growing in experience, knowledge, skill and understanding. If we can help
them start growing, the person will, in fact, exert more effort. Even the
rewarding of others can achieve motivation because it shows that opportunity
is available for growth.