Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Effective Ways To Lead

What is a Leader
Effective leaders can be found at every level of an organization and don't necessarily need to have a "titled" position.  The employee must be willing to assume a leadership role by modeling positive behaviors in his or her attitudes and ideas.  Leaders must be willing to teach and support others, be proactive, and be willing to serve as well as lead.

Leaders must be flexible enough to pitch in, even when the task at hand does not involve their job specialty.  Learning what others do is a great opportunity.  Leaders must also be willing to share information with others and be assertive enough to honestly question job procedures.  They must seek out every opportunity to satisfy customer needs and expect that others will notice and appreciate their efforts.  Finally, leaders must understand that being only a "follower" is no longer accepted in today's organizations.  Everyone is expected to be a leader in the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors they bring to their jobs.
Some Leadership Traits  
  • Trustworthy and shows integrity  
  • High-achieving and always strives for excellence  
  • Able to make others feel important and valued  
  • Willing to serve others  
  • Being the consummate teacher  
  • Building relationships  
  • Communicating effectively  
  • Optimistic and enthusiastic  
  • Vision for the future  
Never Give Up
In addition to demonstrating leadership qualities, true leaders never give up despite mistakes or setbacks.  They understand that they cannot be "all things to all people."  They know that a few bad days are perfectly normal.  Most importantly, they are never intimidated by these realizations!   Leadership takes thought, practice, and hard work, but it is well worth the effort.  Leaders are resilient people who keep the best interests of the individual, the team and the organization in mind.
Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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