"One day I want to be promoted into a leadership role!"
Many employees share this desire. More responsibility, more salary, and a prestigious role. It’s understandable that people aim to become leaders. However, we also have to ask ourselves if we have what it takes to be a leader.
A leadership role requires a different skill set, and also mental strength and the ability to deal with pressure.
We made an assessment that can help you find out if you have what it takes to be a successful leader.
The world needs leaders who influence positive change. How exactly does that work? What do I have to do to become a leader?
Here’s an admittedly simplified quick course:
- An effective leader focuses on the big picture of the project/initiative.
- A leader keeps everyone focused on goal, tasks, and deadlines.
- Together with their team, a good leader decides on the overall strategy and purpose.
- Leaders should be able to communicate effectively. They assign tasks and responsibility and communicate them clearly so that everyone knows what they have to do when. Moreover, why.
- Successful leaders support their team and enable team members to do what is necessary and helpful.
- A good leader assigns the right person to the right task. For he knows, tasks only get done when assigned to people who are qualified to fulfill them.
- The leader calls the shots. Leaders listen carefully to all ideas, objections, thoughts, and arguments to make an even better decision. They don’t lose focus on the goal. They don’t play favorites, and they recognize if someone else is more knowledgeable on a specific topic.
- A great leader is proactive and strategic, and manages risk effectively. They think things through to the end and consider potential problems and risks. They intervene promptly if the project heads in the wrong direction.
- Furthermore, a great leader encourages inclusiveness and a positive team atmosphere. They make sure that every team member has what they need, including things like respect, fair pay, recognition, and whatever is needed to make the job easier.
That’s it. The rest is details.
Whether you have or don’t have a leadership role and whether it’s in your professional environment or personal life: do that, and you will automatically become influential and be considered a leader.
Nobody is perfect, and no leader is flawless-great leaders know that, and they continuously strengthen their skill set. Check out our powerful Project Empathy training with Dr. Mark Goulston and learn how we can help everyone to become more influential and a better leader.