It is fairly an easy job to become a good leader if you have some of the basic skills of leadership. I think all of us are taught some of those leadership skills as we went through school. The challenge is to become a great leader. One famous author said that a good leader motivates others to believe in the leader; where as a great leader influences others to believe in themselves. Basically that is the basic difference between a good and a great leader. The great leaders will bring out the best in you and help you to perform according to your potential. There are some key points that might help you to become a great leader in your business.
Develop specific and definite guidelines for your team
Specifying a direction for the business is a key element to making sure there is no confusion on where you and your business are headed. As a leader you must specify a direction for your teammates so they will have a very clear and specific idea about their duties and responsibilities. It will remove all the confusion and help them to execute the plans to perfection. On the other hand, if the direction is descriptive and lengthy your team will get confused and they will struggle to implement your idea. That will have a very negative direction for their business and their respect for you as a leader. Explain the direction in detailed step by step instructions and this will remove every bit of confusion from their mind. Always leave opportunity to ask questions as everyone learns at a different pace.
Ensure the similarities between your action and visions
You should keep one thing in mind when you design your actions and that is that your actions should match your ultimate visions and philosophical stand. If there is dissimilarity between action and vision your customers and business partners might loose respect for you and your authority will be in question. You must explain the ultimate objective of your plan to your business associates. On thing could be very fruitful that is a regular arrangement of question-answer session. It will give your partners an opportunity to clear up any confusion. Apart from that you must ask yourself while designing every plan is “does it get you and your business the desired outcome”? Be very clear and keep it simple.
Focus on team building and keeping up the tempo
It becomes an easy job to execute a plan if it is done through teamwork. So as leader try to build up teams within the organization. One of the most crucial things that you must show is confidence in the ability of your teams. If you can do that, you will be able to build a sense of urgency within the teams and at the same time you will earn a lot of respect from your teammates as well. Building up teams and helping them to keep up the tempo is a regular job of a leader and your greatness lies in how you do that. You can’t interfere too much in the works of the teams too much as this process will also provide opportunity for others to show their leadership skills while under your guidance. A great leader lets his or her teams do the work in their own style. As a leader your job is to monitor them and giving them advice and support when required.
It is a really important skill to learn if you want to be successful in business. So when you are out there looking for the right business make sure that one of the criteria to choosing a business is to find at least one great leader to follow and have them mentor you.