Can you count the amount of times you have not stood up to be a leader or you have been passed over? If this often happens to you, you must keep reading. You'll learn here quite a bit about what it takes to be a leader.
Say thank you to your employees. Many studies have been done on the power of a thanks given from a manager to his or her employees. It increases productivity, often by a lot. Just a little graciousness really can help extend your power as a leader, so be active about it.
A good leader, or manager, will go out of his or her way to get to know employees better. Not just about work-related topics, but about their outside activities, family and interests. Employees appreciate it when their leaders acknowledge them in ways that don't pertain to work. This makes the relationship a little more personal.
When in business, try to always lead by example and never just by title. Even if you are not a supervisor or manager, try to be as good at your job as the person above you. This can be a great way to personally move up the ladder, especially if the higher ups see you motivate higher productivity in everyone around you.
How are things going within your team? Ask others to share their opinions as well. This is a great time for people to make suggestions and changes that could really improve the quality of your workplace.
Don't manage, lead. There's a big difference between a manager and a leader. Managers maximize productivity and work on the day to day. Leaders inspire and raise the company up with vision. It's big picture stuff. If you spend too much time managing, you'll never be able to show yourself as a leader to your company.
You may be a leader, or manager, but you are a human first. We all make mistakes from time to time. If you find that you have made a mistake, do not try to hide it, hoping no one will find out. You will attain a new level of respect by admitting your mistakes to your team, asking for their input and even apologizing for a mistake.
As a leader, or manager, your team is your greatest asset. And, they know the business better than anyone. Try carrying a journal, or notebook with you at all times. Use it to write down any information, ideas and problems you hear from the team. Then, each week, go over your notes, and see what you can do to implement good ideas, and solve any problems you may have encountered.
Understand the difference between a leader and a manager. A manager is able to react appropriately to a variety of problems and situations that occur. A leader, however, is constantly thinking ahead, engaging in preventative measures to stop problems from cropping up and create opportunities where there currently are none.
Keep working on your leadership goals as time marches on. It is a crucial part of your development. This information should have left you feeling prepared. Take aim at the goals you want to achieve and lead the way to success!