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Four Things Successful Leaders ‘Do’?

Influence their team: To be a leader you must have followers. To have followers you must be able to constructively influence. Successful leaders give vision for the future, by inspiring their team, they present what’s possible and motivate them to follow in the direction of their vision. They energise their team in ways that fulfil agreed goals, deliver a sense of purpose and provide them with an earnest sense of accomplishment when the work has been done. They grant their team the trust to make decisions, they understand that decisions are made to coincide with the leaders values. The best leaders accomplish the vast majority of their career through influence, not authority.

Continue self-development: Successful leaders are always willing to learn and adapt. We live in a world where it’s not only technology that is advancing at a rapid rate… Self development tools are always changing and can come in many forms; increasing understandings through behavioural analysis, positive psychology, emotional intelligenceand how to maintain high performance can be tools used to position leaders at the top of their game. Successful leaders accept that there is room to grow, learn and develop continuously making their own development and the development of their team a priority.

Collaborate: Yes I am aware this word (collaboration) is thrown around like a rag doll…… However, be it that you may roll your eyes when you read this word lets have a look at what it means, shall we?… “the action of working with someone to produce something.” Collaboration increases different perspectives and yields connection. People usually value working in unison to reach a common goal, by collaborating you increase the amount of mutual agreements increasing team satisfaction and moral, which then develops an inclusive culture.

Understand responsibility: By understanding what each team member ‘is’ and ‘is not’ responsible for manifests productive work because clear expectations are known. Time is not wasted doing work in excess of what each team member is responsible for.…. Too often responsibilities get confused, which leads to un-resourceful/destructive workplace behaviour. Even so, successful leaders don’t lay blame or point fingers, they clearly define the expectations and responsibilities of themselves and their team.

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