Do You Pass The Leadership Test?

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KEY POINTS:

  1. Be a positive role model.
  2. Take responsibility and give credit.
  3. Communication is the top priority

IN A NUTSHELL

What is it like to work for a person with good leadership skills? With a good leader you are inspired to work hard and perform well for that person. You feel respect and function smoothly as a team to produce excellent results.

A good leader is a role model for his/her employees.

BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL

Employees watch what the leader is doing. It could be good or bad. For example, if the supervisor arrives late for work every day, some night think that it is OK for them to copy this behavior. Others would consider this to be a negative behavior. Sometimes it is easy to forget that people are looking at your every move.

WORK HARD AND WELL

Again, you need to set the example. If you work hard, it is likely that they will too. If you work well, you set the standard for them. Laziness and incompetence are bad traits for a manager.

BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON

Keep up with developments around you. That includes those above you and below you as well. The policy of “no surprises” is a good one. At the same time, be on the alert for jobs well done and tasks poorly executed. Let your people know that you know

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND GIVE CREDIT

Take the responsibility when things go wrong. Do not get into the blame game. Mistakes happen. Work to correct what is wrong without getting angry and blaming others.

On the other hand, for successes, make sure that the credit is distributed generously. Don’t take credit for what others have done. Make it clear who deserves the praise. Your people will love you for this quality.

COMMUNICATE,COMMUNICATE,COMMUNICATE

You primary job may be to communicate clearly and honestly with those around you.

LOOK FOR TALENT

Your employees can be a rich source of skills and talents. It is up to you to mine this resource by knowing your people well.

Published by pitman

I am a Business English Coach who works with managers and other professionals helping them to perform at their best when it is most important: such as a presentation, meeting with an important client, or a job interview. I am also a resource person for teachers of Business English.

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