Being a successful entrepreneur and leader requires simultaneously guiding, inspiring, and managing employees to obtain the results you want. A great leader can improve the business while a weak one can ruin the progress. Defining a great leader is challenging, but most follow specific dos and don’ts tips to establish the organizational tone.
DO FOCUS ON EMOTIONAL SELF-AWARENESS
When we demonstrate emotional self-awareness, others will use it as a cue. The talent of managing and developing an accurate view of our emotional responses to circumstances and our impact on others’ reactions magnifies and leverages the rest of our skills and talents. Weak leaders isolate themselves in an office. If you lock yourself in your office, it conveys being unapproachable or just indifference about what goes on with the business. A good leader asks where he can help, blends with his crew during the day, and limits office time.
DO THINK AND ACT WITH OPTIMISM
Think and act with a lens of abundance, not a microscope of scarcity. Attitudes change during our lives for various reasons, and exceptional leaders look for silver linings, new ideas, and solutions, even in times of crisis. Failing leaders think that avoiding conflicts are the answer to resolution. They fail to provide constructive feedback and evade fundamental relationship issues. While this strategy sometimes works, more often than not, the conflict increases exponentially. Teams cannot function without the ability to resolve inevitable and inherent conflicts.
DON’T BLAME OTHERS FOR OUTCOMES
Great leaders look inward when things go wrong and applaud the efforts of others when things go right. In reality, it is the leader who is responsible for the success and culture of his team. Maintaining accountability for performance is essential, but blaming people for failures is a non-starter. Exceptional leaders have solid self-worth, confidence, and an achievement orientation focused on the greater good. The result is low ego needs by not wasting their energy and time to polish their image. He is free to create something bigger than themselves, such as building a legacy that provides something far more valuable than his personal agenda.
DO KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS AND LIMITS
The best leaders realize they cannot understand and do everything, and don’t claim that they can. Instead, he identifies and leverages his strengths and take the time to do what he does best while continuing to learn in areas where he has limitations. Selectively enforcing policies results in mistrust. Even if it’s untrue, the perception will be that you have favorites. A good leader is consistent with the rules for all his team members and enforces them identically every time.
DON’T MISS KEY ORGANIZATION CUES
With microscopic emotional intelligence regarding self-awareness and organizational awareness, these types of leaders miss vital norms, politics, organizational clues, and decision networks.
Regardless of what an organization produces, much of its success depends on effective leadership. Great leaders facilitate development, mentor workers, boost morale, and contribute what is necessary to achieve organizational goals.