Great leadership skills take time to develop.
In today’s blog post, I’m going to share with you 7 leadership best practices that you can successfully implement daily to take your leadership skills to the top!
If you’re looking to be the best leader you can be, and you have a deep desire to get the most out of yourself and your team, then do yourself a favor and continue reading every word of this blog post, o.k.?
Implement These Leadership Habitudes Daily
Habitude #1: Master The Art of Decision Making
As a leader, your team and your customers are counting on you to make decisions every single day that you do business. I created an entire blog post about this that you can read hereThe important thing to remember about the decision making process is that you will make both good decisions and bad decisions as a leader.
The key for you is to learn from them, and grow as a leader.
You can do that, RIGHT?
Habitude #2: Know Exactly What To Focus On And What To Delegate
As a leader, you may look like superman or superwoman to the outside world.
You must remember however that this image is strictly an illusion and you’re actually not superman or superwoman at all.
It’s important to understand that I’m not saying this to burst your bubble (I’ve realized this myself the hard way), I’m saying this so that you master the art of execution and delegation.
To be successful at the execution/delegation process, successfully implement these best practices:
1. Outline your vision daily.
2. Make sure that the steps in your daily vision are congruent with the greater vision of your organization.
3. Delegate anything in your daily vision that is not the best use of your time to someone else on your team or a 3rd party.
4. Hold yourself and your team accountable and get your work done!
Habitude #3: Know The Difference Between Empathy And Accountability
In today’s politically correct society, I often feel that accountability is lost in leadership and empathy is over emphasized.
Rather than becoming an overly empathetic piece of jello, I highly suggest you use your empathy to discover how to better motivate your employees to greater levels of personal/team success and accountability.
For best results, follow these steps:
1. Keep your bar high.
2. If a member of your team is slacking off, take the time to invest in discovering the reason why that are operating sub-optimally, and help them come to a solution. Once you have the solution, help them to build their confidence in the vision by anchoring the solution with their motivational factor to keep performing their very best.
3. Repeat this until you get to the bottom of things both tactfully and relentlessly.
4. Keep your team motivated and accountable and continue to build rapport daily.
Habitude #4: Show Gratitude And Thankfulness Often
One of the things that your team members will truly appreciate is an attitude of gratitude that truly expresses real thankfulness for what they invest into your vision.
To accomplish this, be on the look out for great work and reasons to compliment and encourage your team. By doing this they’ll feel appreciated, and have a greater desire to excel.
Remember -the key to this whole process is to always keep a balanced perspective of your interactions. If a worker is truly not performing well, and needs specific correction, be sure to utilize habit #3 so that you can create a balanced working environment, o.k.?
Habitude #5: Create Unification Daily
If you want to be a great leader, be sure to master the art of “unification“. In order to create unity daily, you must invest the time to actually know your team so that you can best outline their strengths and weaknesses to put each team member in a position to thrive.
To accomplish this feat, follow these steps:
1. Know the purpose and vision of the team.
2. Take a personal inventory daily/weekly/monthly of how each team member is performing.
3. Make a personal commitment to celebrating successes, milestones, and how your employee’s commitment to the vision is working on a daily basis.
4. Outline the tasks and actions that your teammates must complete on a daily basis, and link it to both the team motivation, and their personal motivation.
5. Repeat and calibrate this process daily to reach the highest level of unification and peak performance.
Habitude #6: Ask Questions With A Purpose
When you have a question for one of your team members, be sure to ask it in a way that is specifically crafted to a get a response other than “yes”, or “no”.
To do this, it takes time, tact, and skill…if you commit to this habitude daily, you will get the hang of it quicker then you can imagine.
Here are some best practices to help you master this habitude:
1. Commit to asking questions with a calm and confident demeanor.
2. Connect with your employee in a way that they are comfortable with before you go into any specific questioning.
Ex: If you know they love a certain topic like sports, talk to them about a recent sporting event that would interest them to get the ball rolling.
3. Once you get them talking, keep them talking by getting them to talk about what they enjoy.
4. Now that you have gotten the conversation going in a broad way, start to get more and more specific with the types of questions you begin to ask your employee to increase your chances of getting the most accurate and correct response each time you question them.
Question A) Tell me about _________…
Question B) Do you know who did ______?
If you compare question A and question B, you’ll quickly notice that question A sets the individual being questioned up for a detailed response, and question B sets the individual up to answer with a “yes”, or “no” response. For best results, I highly recommend that you use question A so that you can get the most thorough answer that you possibly can.
Habitude #7: Be Accountable For Your Mistakes And Rise Above Them (Not Just Your Successes)
One of the daily habitudes that will make the biggest impact on your team is to be accountable for your own personal mistakes. By doing this, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a leader who leads in a humble way, and your team will respect you for it.
Remember this though, being accountable is only the first part of the process…
…Once you admit the mistake, let your actions demonstrate loud and clear that you’ve invested the time to find solutions, and that you’re actively implementing them into your leadership role to continue to help both yourself and the team rise even higher.
Are You Ready To Become A Great Leader?
If you’re ready to become a great leader, you now have in your possession 7 powerful habitudes that you can implement into your leadership practices right away.
For best results, take a personal inventory to discover which habitudes would give you the biggest improvement right now, and invest the time to develop mastery in that area.
Once mastery is accomplished, begin to integrate a few other areas into your leadership repertoire until you have a good handle on all 7.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post, be sure to share it on your favorite social media outlets with all your entrepreneurial friends and I’ll see you at the pinnacle of your success!