5 Ways to Be a More Inspiring Leader
How to Become a More Inspiring Leader | BSBMHow to Be an Inspiring Leader?
In a nutshell, here are five simple tools and techniques to be a more inspiring leader that are simple to adopt but produce exceptional results. The points are explained in more detail below.
- Know the difference between a leader and a manager
- Abandon hierarchy and status
- Empower your team
- Share the credit but not the blame
- Talk less, listen more
1. Know the difference between a leader and a manager
There is a real difference between a Leader and a Manager and whether you manage or lead your team are two very different things. Managers have people who work for them, Leaders have people follow their vision. A strong and successful Business has strong Leaders and effective Managers.
Put simply, Managers have employees, Leaders make change.
2. Abandon hierarchy and status
Steve Jobs explained that ‘you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy’. This often means giving no value to your position in the company and instead showing value and respect towards all ideas, no matter which employee it comes from.
True leadership is carried on the shoulders of respect, admiration and trust.
3. Empower your team
Avoid as many problems as possible by removing as many obstacles as you can that your team may potentially face. This way your team can continually move forward.
Leaders always try and help make people’s jobs better.
4. Share the credit but not the blame
Exceptional Leaders are quick to have everyone else’s achievements recognised and rewarded, but most importantly, are also quick at taking the blame when things go wrong or mistakes are made (even if it wasn’t their fault). Great Leaders motivate, inspire and help others to succeed. They surround themselves with reliable, smart, curious and trustworthy people and so when mistakes happen they understand the importance of taking responsibility over it, rather than singling someone out and pointing blame.
Sharing credit = creates trust and loyalty
5. Talk less, listen more
Don’t wait until annual reviews to provide feedback. An environment which provides regular constructive feedback promotes a healthier work environment, where issues are resolved quicker.
By listening more, instead of talking, you allow those around you to express themselves more easily which leads to a more innovative working environment.