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How to Be a Leader

Post by mr.banker on Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:36 am

What can you do to do to be heard, respected, and well liked at your work place? Simple Ö be a leader.

It may be true that some people are born leaders. Thereís something about them that makes people want to follow them,
such as their charm or charisma, but you can learn how to be an effective leader!

Whether youíre a natural born leader or not, there are a number of behaviors you can practice and use to become a
leader that will make people want to listen to you, respect you, and like you.

We all need leaders to guide, inspire, and encourage us. A good leader can leave us feeling inspired and uplifted. But how
can you become a positive leader?

Simply put, leaders help their employees feel good about themselves.


* Leaders ensure that staff feels appreciated for the hard work they do day in and day out. You can do this by getting
actively involved with your colleagues. After all, itís difficult for you to make someone feel good about themselves if you
have no idea what exactly they do, so pay attention!

* You also need to learn how to communicate effectively with others. Let others know that they can freely voice their
opinions and ideas to you. If you actively listen to each and every person, theyíll all feel like valuable players on your
team.

* Be professional, but be personable. When youíre introducing employees to visitors or senior managers, always
introduce them by their first name. Refer to them as your team members, colleagues, or associates. Never ever refer to
them as your subordinates or by their job titles.

Leadership is being a positive role model

Good leaders do more then talk the talk; they actually walk the walk.

By setting a good example and understanding the needs and pressures of the team, a leader can help others see the big
picture and help them understand why their roles are so important to the teamís success.

Here are a couple ways to lead by example:

* If youíre trying to get your employees to be more involved in their jobs and help others when they need it, what are
you doing to set a good example? Good leaders roll up their sleeves and get down to business with the people that are
working for them.

* Good leaders fight for the rights of their team at all levels. If you show your team how much you respect their
needs, youíll gain their respect, too. For example, if a pay raise is stalled, actively investigate why itís stalled and keep
your team updated.

Take an individual approach

To be a good leader you also need to understand that different people are motivated in different ways. People naturally
like to see a positive outcome for the work they do and the key is to find out what motivates the people you work with.

Is the motivation to get a pay increase? Is it recognition for a job well done? Or is it being named employee of the month?

Motivation can be very individualized. Take the time to get to know the people working with you so you can figure out the
best way to motivate them.

Even if you own a small business and canít afford expensive employee rewards, sometimes a nice dinner or a thoughtful
gift is enough to show your employees your appreciation.

Good leaders know that each person is essential to the success of the team as a whole. Donít take the people working for
you for granted. Remember that getting the respect you desire first starts with respecting others.
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