HR Today: Becoming a successful leader

In becoming successful, leaders mostly concentrate on strategy, plans and processes leading to achieving success. It is more likely that knowing only process and procedures will result in failure. Leadership is about influence and it must lead to the betterment of all followers because of the presence leaders carry.

To be a great and an effective leader you must first start with who you are as a leader. That means concentrating on your character. Once you have clarity in that area, you can move on to what, when, where, and why of being an effective Leader.

However, it’s never too late to start implement strategies that will position for a successful career;

Define your character. The best way to make yourself stand out is by developing a strong foundational character and sense of integrity. Great leaders are admired because of the character they display and live by. Nevertheless, leaders focus on their reputation more than their character forgetting that their real self will always give them out when it matters most.

Act as the brand and ambassador. As a leader, you are also an ambassador for your brand, your company, your organization. That means who you are and what you do will always matter, so showcase the kind of message you want others to trust. When people don’t believe the messenger, they won’t believe the message. Leaders are the embodiment of the business and their teams – what they do directly impacts the success of the business.

Create a thriving organizational culture. To put yourself on track to become a successful leader, you need to create a thriving, healthy, vibrant culture. That means making sure people feel invested in and nurtured, and keeping the company competitive in the market. School teaches you to focus on organizational strategy. And strategy is important, but a thriving organizational culture is an even more critical for long-term competitive advantage. Be known for something – build a brand that speaks for itself.

Communicate consistently and with candor. As an aspiring leader, you must be able to communicate clearly and consistently so those who work for you understand how they can be productive and effective. Every new leader must come to understand the importance of communication to great leadership. Don’t assume they know what is happening. Develop an excellent communication with your direct reports. This will cure any mischief and misrepresenting on issues.

Underpromise and overdeliver. Accept responsibility and ownership that you are the one guiding the ship, and lead to the best of your ability at all times. Make every decision in the best interests of the company, and do what’s right, not what’s easy. Employee enjoy surprises, deliver beyond their expectations and they will forever build trust for your leadership.

Stay curious. If you want to be successful as a leader, you have to cultivate inquisitiveness. Remind yourself that you do not know everything about the business, no matter how much of a subject matter expert you may be. Stay curious enough to learn, and be willing to ask questions and find new answers. Challenge yourself by staying curious with the desire to learn if need be.

Embrace change. Any successful leader must be able to embrace change and be prepared to be flexible and agile; rapid change is a fundamental part of business today. Every business is in constant flux in an increasingly fast-paced technology-driven world. If you wait, you are going to be left behind. Adapt to new ways of doing things, it is the means to the survival of your business

Implement diversity. For the highest degree of success, surround yourself with a diverse team. Seek out people with variations of talent and contrasting aptitudes—people who will bring their very best ideas, not just agree with your every word. If you value difference and implement diversity, your team will respect one another for who they are. Embrace ideas and innovations from others – you may never know when such opinions will save a situation.

Manage relationships. Most leaders are taught to foster good relationships with their own teams, but the most successful know the value of managing relationships of every level and direction. A major part of a leader’s job is learning how to be influential in all relationships, directing them like an orchestra and learning not to take sides and show personal preference for one against others.

Lead by example. To be successful as a leader, you need to be able to define your leadership so others can follow your model. If you’re not providing the leadership your organization needs, people will seek it elsewhere, undermining your influence and credibility. Always keep your honor and practice what you preach.

At the soul of every great company, every great team, every great culture, is the heart of a great leader. Their actions and inactions have a major way of impacting everything around him. Leaders are to provide insight for their followers and again inspire hope by demonstrating foresight even in the mist of challenging moments. Leaders must build trust by helping others to succeed and demonstrate happiness when others grow in their careers – their presence, either physical or remote must always be felt.

Source: Bright Ampadu Okyere/Lolly Daskal | Tel. #: 0244204664 | Email Address: hrtoday@gmail.com

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