Have you ever felt that you are a helpless manager? Do you feel that just about anybody can occupy your position? Have you lost faith in your leadership skills?
Don’t worry. We have got some tips to help you regain your confidence. There is a common misconception that leadership skills are innate. You either have them or you don’t. It is true that some people are born leaders. However, even if you weren’t born a leader, you can work on improving your leadership skills.
Here are some tips for polishing your personality and making you a better leader.
DISPLAY A HIGH LEVEL OF MORALITY ALL THE TIME
Want to motivate your team? You have to work hard with them. This will boost their morale and make them more dedicated. In addition to generating ideas and showing the direction, a leader has to contribute their bit.
WELCOME DISSENTING VOICES
Don’t surround yourself with people who will readily agree with just about anything you say. They will prevent you from seeing the broader world outside. Most managers hate dissenting voices. They are not open minded. Great leaders, on the other hand, welcome dissenting views because they are eager to enhance their perspectives.
KEEP IN MIND THAT YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO WIN
You may be passionate about your product, but your ultimate goal is to beat the competition and improve the bottom line. Being passionate about your product is one thing; being commercially successful is another. In business, you can never underestimate the importance of commercial success. It is what sustains your organization and keeps you motivated.
HAVE A PLAN B
You should be prepared for all conditions. When you are not ready for the unexpected, you will find yourself in a state of urgency that will prevent you from responding properly to important matters arising in the company. If plan A does not work, you should be able to fall back on plan B. Smart managers will also have a plan C just in case plan B also fails to work. When you have a contingency plan, you will be able to cope with uncertainties.
BE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS
So you made a mistake. Don’t let that rule you. Everyone makes mistakes. In fact, if you aren’t making any mistakes, maybe you aren’t taking advantage of your opportunities. Look at it this way:
If you’re starting something new, you’re taking a risk. And each risk has a chance of becoming a mistake. So if you’re not making mistakes, you’re obviously not taking risks. You cannot endeavor without taking risks.
TRUST YOUR TEAM
Have faith in your employees. Let them make small decisions at their level. Micromanaging is demoralizing and upsetting. People need to feel trusted. Let them stretch their limits and take risks. This will encourage innovation and help your company grow.