Leadership, like many things in life, can be learned. It may be easier for some people and more difficult for others, it may be a natural talent, but it’s also the knowledge and a kind of art that should be shared among people.
Well, we really cannot teach you absolutely everything about how to be a good leader, because it’s a kind of knowledge that doesn’t fit into a blog entry, or into a hundred, but we can offer you some tips to begin your training in leadership in the best way possible.
1. If you don’t have enough patience, it will be better for you to develop some, because this leadership path you’re about to start requires a lot of patience. In fact, being really good at something is always a matter of patience.
2. Leading requires making decisions. It may cause some pressure, if you are not used to it: you are afraid of taking wrong decisions or decisions people won’t like. Whether or not your decisions are good, you must learn to deal with them in practice. If you are more or less satisfied with your decisions, you still need to work out if they are useful and necessary or not. You will have to get used to that.
3. You will never stop learning, and part of your mission will also be to motivate other people to keep learning on a continuous basis. You should encourage learning and help others with learning…
4. Which brings us to this point: admit that you don’t know everything and you never will. And this is fine. If you have just started your way, you already know that you will have to learn a lot. But the more you learn, the easier it is to accept that there is still a lot to be learned. And the greater your thirst for knowledge. It’s something natural in a true leader. Above all, accept that you can learn things even from those who are learning from you.
5. You won’t be able to lead only with your presence and four words. Leadership skills include good, clear and regular communication. Even if the members of your team work autonomously and are trained and influential leaders, communication will still be necessary.
6. Do what you say, and other people will do what you say. No matter how much you explain how something should be done, if you don’t set an example with your own actions, the thing won’t move. It must be very clear to you. In addition, you learn much more in practice than from theory.
7. Every effort must be recognized. You have the responsibility to admit your mistakes, but admitting your achievements is no longer a right or an option, but an obligation, too (let’s call it responsibility). Admitting and celebrating your achievements motivates you and makes you work hard. Celebrating the achievements of your teammates will motivate everyone. It’s as necessary as learning and persevering.