Being a great leader is no scientific challenge. The greatest things start with the smallest steps.
If you want to be a better leader you don’t need to make a lot of effort and literally sweat it out. In leadership, as in many other aspects of life, greatness comes by paying attention to the minute details. Follow these ten small tips and you will automatically be a better leader – effortlessly.
- Turn your cell phone off in the next meeting. It is not difficult and you know you can do it.
- Take time aside each and everyday to do some serious thinking. You could take out just a few minutes or an entire hour per day based on how tight your schedule is. During this time, you should only think. There should be no surfing, no eating, no reading, and no drinking. There should only be plain thinking.
- When you talk, you should make eye contact. You might find that pretty tough in the beginning but you should be persistent. Practice it regularly.
- Don’t amplify everything. The more you use adverbs, the less their impact becomes. Reserve words such as very, imperative, essential, and must-do for things and tasks that actually matter. Otherwise your employees will stop taking those words seriously.
- Don’t just be locked in your office all day. Your office is mundane. Be a part of the action.
- Be positive and give positive feedback. You may think you are doing it enough but the truth is that you aren’t. Triple your frequency.
- Be aware of what is going on. Don’t sit in a meeting and let your mind wander to some other task. Whatever you are doing, give it your hundred percent attention.
- If something is important, you should repeat it. You may feel nauseated at the thought but you should do it for other people’s benefit.
- Don’t glue yourself to the inbox always.
- You can never justify being rude or being a jerk. You may think that your reason is strong but it isn’t. Try being nice round the clock.
Implementing all these isn’t very difficult, is it?
You may be a good leader but there is always room for improvement. Improve by taking smaller steps such as paying attention, being nice, and focusing on the present. Give yourself as well as the people around you, your time.