Leaders who continue to work on themselves and improve get better results, especially in the fast-paced environment of today. They must always be understanding their own foundational keys with awareness of where to go next to improve their talents and the talents of the emerging leaders around them.
Great leaders provide more security to those who follow them, they are models on display for future behaviors in the people they lead. They do not get overwhelmed by fear of change or fall prey to the thinking of victimhood or helplessness. Leaders are not afraid to make decisions based on the input of others, and also they bear the responsibility of the results they generate.
Today, we will share 5 winning behaviors we see which leaders can focus on to improve themselves and their teams.
1. Develop and build trust- Trustworthiness is the number one quality people desire in today’s leaders. Trust makes everything in your organization go faster. Conversely, when trust is low, the speed of your company is low, which drives your cost of doing business higher. Trust is not just a soft-skill, it’s a powerful return on investment tool for leaders as well.
2. Make decisions and act decisively- How many times have you seen a leader, or perhaps just someone you know, make a decision and then sit on announcing it or doing anything for days and weeks. The speed of change in today’s business environment requires not only a framework for making decisions, but also in carrying them out in action. Delaying action when action is obvious is a trust-killer for a team.
3. Be an independent thinker- People want to know you have sought out the best advice possible, and at the same time, they want to believe you are not too influenced by any one person or entity. They like to think of their leaders as people who have independent thoughts with a revolutionary flair. It’s a model they aspire to in their own lives, so they want to know there’s no “invisible force” dictating the thoughts of the leaders they follow, but transparency and independent thinking rules the day.
4. Manage transition after change occurs- Change happens constantly, sometimes it’s very apparent, sometimes it isn’t, but it is always occuring. The change can most often be overcome, it’s the transition which oftentimes cripples the organization. Example: The wedding often comes off in a spectactular fashion, its the marriage which needs constant work and skill.
5. Self-awareness and self-regulation- Leaders need to discover themselves, no doubt about it. Self-awareness on stress, skills, emotions, behaviors, these are all incredibly important. As leaders, we must also place equal emphasis on self-regulation, how we manage ourselves once self-awareness is increased is the key to long-term talent improvement.