5 Ways To Become A Better Leader (#1 Is Essential)

Better Teams Require Better Leaders

When we discuss teams, we have to talk about the role leaders play on a team and the need for all members to occupy leadership roles when needed. Leadership may transfer from person to person as the situation dictates and the right person has the ability to lead in that situation. All have the potential to lead.

What we mean by the transfer of leadership is when team members are engaging a problem, whoever has the ability to adapt to the situation best and provide guidance to the other team members, that person has become the leader, provided the other team members follow them. Even if the manager of the team agrees with someone else's plan and blesses it, the manager has been led by this other person to take a new course of action.

To be clear: leadership is not management. Management has very particular functions within the organization, as John Kotter makes clear in his 2013 article "Management Is (Still) Not Leadership." If the team leader is actually a manager in the organization, even while maintaining the manager's role, they may have to relinquish the title "leader" because they don't have the resources in particular contexts to lead the team. Authority does not equal leadership.

So, we are going to count down the 5 way to become a better leader.

5. Be Consistent

People need to be able to trust those they are following. Inconsistency creates uncertainty, which shakes confidence in someone's leadership. Create habits of belief (values), thought (the translation of values), and actions (application of values) which allow predictability.

In our article "The Four Commitments of Teams," we identify two things that would also go far in creating consistency in teams: the identification of performance goals and the establishment of mutual accountability through communication frameworks. When team members consistently reach their goals and trust is built through accountability, consistency of character and behavior is established.

4. Communicate Deliberately

Have a plan before you communicate. Think about the type of conversation that will get you the results you want consistently - not just in this moment. We have identified four principles to guide your conversations. When you communicate, we suggest you focus on:

  1. building the relationship,
  2. creating clarity,
  3. establishing mutual accountability, and
  4. giving respect.

When you communicate deliberately with these 4 principles in mind, it will meaningfully transform your relationships and create deeper trust.

3. Recognize Your Weakness

Gone are the days of the lone leader who has all of the answers. In fact, those days were never here. Leaders know that to achieve their goals,
they must rely on others who have strengths they lack. IF there is an ultimate strength, it is in this recognition.

2. Understand Your People

Leadership is influence. Your ability to get people to do what you want them to do is leadership. However, this influence is tied to understanding what drives people, connecting with their values, building mutual meaning and trust, and being consistent.

1. Desire To Be A Better Leader

Desiring will help you overcome the challenges of the previous 4 points. This point is first because it transcends the skill and focuses on the will. Your chances for developing the skill increase significantly when you desire the outcome.

If you want more information about how we can help you become and better leader and lead your team more effectively, check out our free webinar here. If you would like a free consultation, apply here.

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