Today, let’s take some time to talk about leadership. Everyone in my business is a leader whether they know it or not. So much goes into being a leader, and a lot of that comes with experience, but it’s true definition is the ability to inspire and guide others towards the same goal.
The work environment you create as a leader needs to be positive and productive. Your business should be a vessel for everyone else that works with you to accomplish their own goals.
Emotional intelligence is a key component to being a good leader, and that can be broken down into four points: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. You also need to be open to brutal honesty so that you can take feedback, even when it’s not positive. Being a thoughtful person also goes a long way when you’re in a leadership role.
Leadership is not about changing the world, nor an untouchable concept that not everyone will experience. It’s really about the tiny moments where you’re creating interpersonal connection for the greater common goal. Remember that people want to be a part of what you’re doing, otherwise they wouldn’t be working for you.
It’s important to recognize when people are nurturing a good work environment. There are three main ways to do this: giving the gift of active listening, giving acknowledgement in meetings, and giving personalized notes or messages. It all goes back to celebrating your team and highlighting the people that are doing really well, which will encourage everyone to raise the bar. Remember, again, leadership is not about holding a title, it’s about inspiring other people.