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Become a Better Leader

Become a Better Leader

Today’s article will teach you 21 different ways to become a better leader. I think you will really enjoy reading this article. It will teach you so many different ways on how to be a better leader. Because if you’re going to be a business owner, you also need to be a great leader. Right?

Being a better leader can be simplified down to ‘always thinking of more ways to listen and help’. It is also about modeling strong, positive leadership through example. 

 

Being a Great Leader

 

Here are twenty-one ways to up your game as a positive leader. 

  • Get Out There and Make Connections 

The best leaders are insatiable at learning and improving every area of their lives. Part of this involves just getting out there and networking. Talk to peers and competitors, to find out what’s important to them nowadays. Go to conferences and symposiums and talk to experts. Want to ask someone a question? If you are close enough to have their phone number, just phone and ask!  

Some of the best leaders are also introverts. It’s tough cold-calling or putting yourself out there if you’re one too—but the successful introvert leaders all say the same thing: You just have to do it. (And that it does get easier!) 

  • Be Solution-Oriented 

Weak leaders shame-and-blame. Strong leaders hone in on specific problems and look for solutions. And they’re especially good at thinking up ‘third alternatives’ or out-of-the-box fixes that far exceed the standard solutions. 

  • Be Action-Oriented 

Strong leaders not only look for solutions, but they are also the first to take action on them and implement them. Leaders will find out the best people for specific tasks while others are still discussing possibilities. Leaders will fix plumbing leaks, find caterers at the last minute while others are bewailing a cooking disaster, and generally build up a “get-‘er-done” mentality. 

And that includes getting it done for your people! 

 

Don’t Be a Weak Leader

 

  • Ask for Help 

Part of being solution-oriented and action-oriented is knowing when to admit you need help when to ask for help – and then doing so! A good leader never hesitates to say, “Can you show me how to do this?” or, “Will you explain this to me, please?” 

That’s because a great leader knows his or her own worth but is immune to the ego. 

  • Accept Responsibility 

Leaders and excuses don’t go together. A strong leader never hesitates to admit when he or she is wrong about something. 

  • Be a Lifelong Learner 

Great leaders are voracious learners. They read books, as well as search the net. They are not afraid to go to the source and ask the experts. They listen to podcasts in their cars; go to seminars and workshops; find out how things work and know exactly who to call on for a myriad of needs or situations. 

This type of curiosity is a great habit to develop—and it will keep you ahead of your competition and help you come up with concrete or decisive answers when others are still dithering. 

Do Some Research

 

  • Do Your Homework 

Effective leaders will take the time to do the research. And if they commission other people to do the research for them, they take the time to go over the results and make sure they understand all implications.  

  • Use Mentors and Coaches 

Great leaders never think of themselves as the top of the heap: There is always someone else they admire, follow, model themselves after, or consult. And they’re not afraid to admit it or shout out to their mentors, either. 

Think back over your life: Who was your inspiration? Your mentor? If you’ve let them drop by the wayside, use this as a reminder to reconnect and keep up that valuable connection. 

  • Be Approachable 

Nothing will endear you to your community more than approachability … especially if you protect yourself by making sure you also have clear boundaries around access.  

If people feel you are approachable, they also feel that you care about them. You’ll never be the dreaded “tyrant boss” or coach, and by setting times and ways for contact, it ensures that contact occurs in a controlled manner and doesn’t burn you out. 

 

Do you Have Skills?

 

  •  Actively Develop Your Communication Skills 

Great leaders have great communication skills. They use these to convey visions, inspire people, negotiate a positive way through conflicts, and above all, they are great listeners. But they also actively develop these skills. They know that most people aren’t born with them, and they will go out of their way to acquire the best communications skills they can. 

  •  Use ‘We’ instead of ‘I’ 

When you use ‘I’ statements within a leadership role, you subconsciously set yourself on a pedestal. Are you focusing on tasks and goals to accomplish, including your team by saying ‘we’ and giving them ownership of the task and goal? 

When you do say ‘I’ make sure it’s paired with statements such as appreciation or gratitude statements, or include as many ‘you’ and ‘we’ statements as ‘I’ ones. 

 

Everybody Needs Somebody

 

  •  Learn to Read Beyond What’s Spoken 

Another top leader super-skill: ‘Reading’ people. This means not just listening to what’s said, but being able to accurately interpret other clues, such as tone, body language, and facial expressions. Effective leaders don’t let such things slipstream over them. They are able to instantly recognize when someone is dubious about something they’re in the middle of agreeing to, or being evasive under expressions of confidence—and get to the heart of the matter in a positive and reassuring way. 

  •  Give Your Team the Right Tools 

One of the easiest ways to enable and encourage your team to not only do a great job but enjoy and be inspired by the process is to give them the right tools. Don’t skimp on this: Giving your contractor or team member the pro version of the right tool will increase productivity and speed up the creation process.  

And your team members will really appreciate your support. 

  •  Be Aware of Your Own Body Language, Too 

Don’t just focus on the body language of the people you are speaking to. Check your own body language, too! Do you look people you are speaking to in the eyes? Are you smiling and focusing on radiating a positive attitude? Are you lethargic, animated—or too animated? Are you practice “open” body language (angling toward your guest, for example, not crossing your arms or legs; or using wide-arm gestures that include the audience and bring them in). 

 

Have you previously even thought of what your own body language says? 

 

Are You Creating the Best Experience?

 

  •  Develop an Engaging Speaking Style 

Record yourself speaking on more than one occasion; both informally and formally (e.g. when giving a speech or running through a podcast or webinar script). Play these practice runs back and listen. 

Do you put yourself to sleep or do you do the opposite, and chatter so fast that you sound like a squirrel after espresso? Do you practice good breathing, so that your voice is resonant, not squeaky or ‘thin’? Are you fall back too frequently on meaningless phrases like ‘basically’? Do you repeat clichés and specific words too often? Are you hemming and hawing and stumbling? 

Above all, is your voice real, authentic, clear, and warm? 

Analyze your own voice objectively. Listen for all these things, decide where and how you need to improve and do it! 

  •  Make a Habit of Being Goal-Oriented 

The best leaders zero in on whatever goal they’re working on and move toward it without distraction. 

Learn to cut out tangents and irrelevancies, and focus on your goals, be they huge or small; the ‘big picture’ or a detail. Learn not to allow yourself to be distracted into reactive mode, and get your team members effortlessly back on track. 

 

I AM The BOSS!

 

  •  Don’t Be a Boss: Be a Leader! 

A boss suffers from pedestal thinking: She thinks of her team members as minions instead of fellow professionals.  

A leader doesn’t regard herself as the center of the universe: She shares the spotlight, the problems, and the praise with her team. 

She gives credit, not takes it: A leader steps back to let her team shine. A leader helps people grow and is remembered as an inspiration in years to come. 

  •  Be Prepared to Be a Decision Maker and Take Risks 

Great leaders do something else that sets them apart from other professionals: After they have done the research, analyzed the facts, and brainstormed with their teams, they: 

      • Make decisions 
      • Take risks 

This is because they have taught themselves not to fear failure. Great leaders know that sometimes projects or ideas fall short. 

But they also know that avoiding decision-making and never taking a chance is the real failure! 

Creating Habits

 

  •  Listen for the ‘Wee Small Voice’ 

Great leaders are also not afraid to question themselves and their assumptions. They learn to be aware of that niggling inner voice that tells one that something isn’t right; or simply leads to a hint of nervousness or fear. 

Experienced leaders question this ‘wee small voice’ immediately on becoming aware of it. They get to the ‘why’ behind the doubt or fear and face it head-on. Then they take action to eliminate potential problems that might have been causing the fear. They never let fear rule them or hide in sabotage. 

  •  Be Proactive—not Reactive 

It’s easy—especially when you are an online entrepreneur—to slip into reactive mode, and end up feeling like a chicken running around with its head cut off: Especially when you have many irons in the fire and people depending on you. But be sure to make time for things that matter (like your health and personal life), and be as proactive as you can. Plan things ahead of time. Delegate.  

And once you’ve done all that, learn how to let things go. 

  •  Make Time for the Things That Matter 

Great leaders do their best to avoid burnout. They know they are human, just like everyone else. And they make sure they recharge their batteries with strong, healthy self-care—and they nurture important personal relationships. You should know that they carry the same respect they show in the workplace back home. 

 

Take Care of Yourself

 

So, develop a healthy self-care routine:  

  • Meditate or pray 
  • Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible 
  • Drink at least six glasses of water daily 
  • Cut down on carbs and alcohol 
  • Cut down on other bad habits that can sabotage your health (such as smoking, inactivity) 
  • Forgive 
  • Be grateful 
  • Take time to notice all your blessings 
  • Do something fun 
  • Focus on your family 
  • Give back to your local community or charities you believe in 
  • Read entertaining books and listen to fun podcasts, as well as business ones 
  • Get a hobby 
  • Relax 
  • Get a good night’s sleep every night  

Do even half of the above, and you’ll find yourself more alert, more focused—and you’ll have more fun being the leader you were meant to be! 

Building Business Relationships

Building Business Relationships

 

There are some things we can do in all our relationships to build and maintain strong bonds. This is true because, underneath all our differences, likes, dislikes, and biases, we are all human beings who desire social connections. So, how do you go about building business relationships?

Let me count the ways.

The tips below should be used in all your business building relationships to form bonds that will stand the test of time.

1) Be appreciative

This might mean different things in different relationships, but the overarching sentiment is the same. When they do something kind for you or take the time to support you when you need it, be appreciative – acknowledge their care and concern.

2) Spend time together

It can be hard to find time to get together when we are all so busy, but it’s important for all business relationships. If necessary, set up a standing appointment so that it just automatically happens. This makes sure it happens because you will get used to scheduling other things around it.

3) Communicate honestly

Sometimes you may be tempted to bend the truth to avoid conflict, but building business relationships will be much healthier overall if honesty is held in high regard. It’s possible, to be honest without being brutal. Choose your words carefully and be as diplomatic as possible, while still sharing your feelings openly and honestly.

4) Forgive faults

Forgive them for their eccentricities and annoying habits, and also forgive yourself for any mistakes you make. We all have faults and shortcomings that we bring with us into any relationship. Sometimes to keep the relationship strong, we need to just come to the conclusion that their presence in our lives is more important than the little habits that drive us crazy.

5) Support them

Intermingled between all the good times, there will surely be times when the other person could use a helping hand. Whether it’s helping them move, taking them dinner when a loved one has passed or being a sounding board for a difficult decision, any relationship worth having requires some TLC. And the other person deserves it, just as you do when you need it from them.

6) Do unto others

It’s just a good idea to always live by the Golden Rule, but it’s especially true in relationships that are important to us. If you wonder if something you might do is likely to upset them, chances are it’s better to talk to them about it first. Wouldn’t you want them to do the same for you? It’s better to err on the side of caution.

 

Looking for ways to building your business relationships? A Relationship Marking Course is just what YOU need!

 

Let me know if you have any questions. Always happy to help you build relationships with the people that matter to you most in your business, your clients!

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