I am so grateful for the positive response I got from my networking post that I decided to write another career focused post. Having leadership skills is so important in the work field if you want to grow and expand your opportunities. Today I am explaining 7 strengths of a great leader. Let me know if you agree with these or if you have more to add!
1. Demonstrate trust and a positive attitude.
As a leader, it is important to have confidence in others. Nobody likes to be micromanaged and have someone watching over their shoulder at all times. If you think you are qualified for your job, then you have to understand that other people are capable of handling the responsibilities of their job too. You must have a positive outlook when approaching challenging issues. Learn how to be a problem solver and evaluate different ways to resolve the issue.
2. Lead by example.
If you want to be respected as a leader, then demonstrate how you want things done and practice what your preach. If you want things done a certain way, show it by displaying examples.
3. Be a team player.
Whether you’re dealing with a manager or colleague, you should never say “That’s not my job” or any other variations of this. I worked as a bank teller many years ago and went up to a personal banker with a question since no one else was available for me to turn to. She responded back in a snarky tone, “I’m not a teller.” I was pretty much left stranded and had to make the customer wait until another teller was available to help. If you have the time, knowledge, or capability to help someone then by all means help them out! Sometimes you may not have all the answers but it’s important to treat others with respect, especially when you’re on the same team!
4. Do not abuse your power.
As mentioned earlier, I’m a firm believer in practicing what you preach. I once had a manager who didn’t want staff members to have cell phones at their desks because she thought it would be a big distraction in work productivity. However, she frequently used her cell phone for personal use while working and during meetings. If you’re going to enforce rules and have expectations, make sure it applies to everyone. Do not enforce rules simply because you feel like you can. Remember, if you want respect then you must also show it.
5. Be accountable.
Nowadays, it’s common for people to work remotely and not physically be at their work station all day. If you’re not going to be physically present, make sure your team has the tools and resources they need to do their job. If you say you’re going to do something, then stick to your word. It’s also important to let others know how they can contact you if an issue comes up. Communication is key!
6. Be open to new ideas and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Being a leader does not mean things always has to be your way all the time. Several minds are better than one and it’s always great to be open and receive input from others. This is a wonderful way to learn and help each other grow. It’s also OK to ask for help when you have too much on your plate. Some people think they have to do it all but there is absolutely nothing wrong with reaching out for help. This isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows that you’re responsible enough to delegate work to others when you feel like you’ve reached your capacity.
7. Never stop learning.
I strongly believe that you should never stop learning. I am constantly reading and doing research on how I can make improvements in certain areas of my life. A strong leader should always be up for new challenges and opportunities in able to keep growing.
Now let’s talk about this look! I received this beautiful tweed jacket from ThredUP, the world’s largest online marketplace for new and secondhand women’s and kid’s clothing! This jacket is a classic and can be worn in the work place with business attire, or you can pair it with jeans like I did. Be sure to check out their site and see what amazing gems you can find at a wonderful price!
Jacket: ThredUP (use code WOMENS50 for 50% off first-time Women’s Clothing orders, discount up to $50!)
Cami: Nordstrom Rack
Pumps: similar here
Photography: Doreen’s Style Diary
Thank you ThredUP for partnering with me on this post!