Six Drivers to Create Better Leaders

No one tells you how to be a good leader. Sure, some of us are hard-wired differently, but leadership is not something one is born with. It takes understanding and working on your skills consistently and learning from your mistakes. How does one become a leader? What is a leader? We’ve written about eight proven leadership principles after interviewing John Eades from Learnloft, but you simply can’t downplay the importance of training your leaders.

For now, here are six drivers for better leadership. These are in no special order, but they can help your organization with the coaching skills they need to become better leaders who connect with team members at all levels.

1. Be authentic as a leader.

Understand your strengths, limitations, and emotions, and do not act one way in private and another in public. Authentic leaders do not hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. They understand that being self-actualized is an endless journey. You will establish a culture where people understand it is ok to try and fail, rather than always playing it safe and never achieving anything.

2. Be decisive.

A leader makes effective decisions and sticks with the decisions they have made, no matter how tough or unpleasant they are. As soon as you have enough information to make a sensible, informed decision, do it and move on to the next one. Equally as important is understanding the lessons learned from these decisions.

3. Be committed.

To yourself, your colleagues, your suppliers, your vendors, your business, etc. If you are committed, show it by being authentic, positive, and present.

4. Allow Autonomy

Allow employees to think for themselves and find their own way of doing things. Set the task, but then let them get on with it.

5. Praise effort and reward achievement.

An important part of your job is to offer praise and recognition to your employees. Support your team, customers, vendors and show them their efforts are not going unnoticed, otherwise, they will wonder why they are bothering.

6. Reverse mentor.

Being a good leader is not just about training and developing your staff; it is about training and developing yourself too. Whatever age you are or experience you have, if you are concerned that your age or experience means you are in danger of getting out of touch with a younger or older generation of employees and customers, try reverse mentoring, in which a younger or older employee teaches you about stuff you don’t know.

We would love to hear from you with questions or comments. A Better Leader has experience helping you connect with your employees, and provides inspirational and actionable development for your leaders, any time, anywhere.

    Walter Orechwa

    Walter is Projections’ CEO and the founder of A Better Leader. Walter provides expert advice, highly effective employee communication resources and ongoing learning opportunities for Human Resources and Labor Relations professionals.