Learn From Your Mistakes
To be a good leader you have to take calculated risks, and you will certainly make some mistakes along the way. You can’t be a leader without taking risks! When you do make mistakes, admit them. Learn from them. Don’t repeat them! People will look up to you for owning up to it and will look to you for ways to move past their own mistakes.
Lead by Example
The old adage “do as I say, not as I do” isn’t going to work if you want to be a great leader. If you expect it from the people you are leading, you have to expect it from yourself. You must hold yourself accountable before you can hold anyone else. No matter what type of group you’re leading, you must follow the same rules. If you expect people to be on time for a meeting, you should be there 10 minutes early. If you want everyone to act responsibly, show them how.
Put Others’ Needs First
Compassion and empathy are extremely important to quality leadership. It is impossible to be selfish and be an effective leader, because you need your group to feel that you are prioritizing the group’s needs over your own. In general, people tend to distrust people who have authority over situations, so show them that you are willing to put yourself second.
Your attitude is something you have complete control of and will influence everything you do in life. A positive attitude helps build confidence. You must have a strong self-worth and be confident in your abilities, without being arrogant or cocky. It sounds corny, but you have to feel good about yourself to be a good leader. No one is going to follow someone who doesn’t believe in themselves. Confidence comes from a sound work ethic and from being prepared.
Set a High Standard
If you do everything to the best of your ability, then you can expect it from those you lead. If you are always on time, always work hard, and always put your heart and soul into everything you do, then you can expect your teammates and players to do the same. But you have to believe your group can meet this standard. A good leader will motivate those they are leading to do so. You want to be the type of leader who raises the level of everyone around you. Set the bar high and then lead them to it!
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