Ten Lessons to be Learned from Effective Leaders

you are a leader

Of all the responsibilities that a leader may have, mentoring those around them is perhaps the most important. After all good leaders not only have a love of learning themselves but should also strive to inspire others to have that same love of learning and self development.

Following are ten essential lessons every leader should be teaching.

How to give praise

Just as students tend to respond better to praise the same holds true with your team members. When the people in your organization receive praise and encouragement from you they come away with the sense that you have their backs. Give those around you praise and give it generously.

How to listen

Listening is one of the most important skills that you will develop as a leader and really as a person. Many leaders like to talk but you are guaranteed to be a much more effective leader when you learn to listen and really hear what others have to say. This will help to make more informed decisions in the future.

How to say no

Leaders (and parents) are probably the best when it comes to saying “no”. Listening may be one of the most important things to learn; saying no will be one of the hardest. as a leader, you may receive many recommendations, suggestions, invitations etc. and you won’t always have the ability to say “yes” for whatever reason. It is important to teach your team that how you say no is important.

How to work hard

Your team members will learn more from your example than by your words. Teams whose leader don’t work alongside them typically suffer from communication issues and a lack of respect for their leader. A great leader won’t ask their team to do something they would not do.

How to let things go

As a leader you will face many challenges and have many frustrations. Just as in everyday life, people will get on your nerves and annoy you. You’ll have pressures, deadlines, and disappointments, and obligations. Teach your team how to let things go and not get so stressed out over every little obstacle that comes along. Teach them to create a plan but to always expect deviations from that plan.

How to confront

Most people don’t like confrontation. We’d much rather give praise because confrontation can be anxiety provoking. But there are those times as a leader when you must confront others for whatever reason. How you confront them should be a teachable moment that shows how to be firm, how to be fair, and that you have accountability measures in place that you are not afraid to enforce.

How to say thank you

This one simple act can make a world of difference. If you want to see the atmosphere in your office or even your home improve, then take the time to thank those around you for all of their hard work. Gratitude and appreciation can go a long way.

How to forgive

Hang around in leadership long enough and you will understand the power of forgiveness. Life is simply too short to hold grudges and hold on to the hatred. Do it for yourself if not for anyone else.

How to set priorities

Setting priorities is extremely important to being productive. People in your organization need to see that you have a set of priorities that you live by. You teach priorities by your routines and time management. What’s important to you is given priority.

How to delegate

Delegation is the key to your success and that involves everyone in the process. Delegation is not just assigning the work you don’t want to do. It’s about matching the right people with the right skills to maximize productivity and results. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your business.

What do you think? Are there other essential lessons that leaders should be teaching.

Measuring Success in Leadership

measuring success in leadership

If you feel your job matters, then you feel that you matter.

As a leader, it is important to affirm and support every person with whom you come into contact.

It’s interesting that we have become a data driven society – one that wants facts and figures to back up every decision.

It’s also interesting that sometimes we end up measuring the wrong thing, in an effort to prove a point.

Our school system over tests students and over analyzes testing scores. No one really understands what this measures – the student learning? The teacher’s ability to teach? How about the administrator’s ability to inspire?

I sit back and wonder about the judgement and leadership of the system. I believe it is an example of measuring the wrong thing.

It happens frequently if we aren’t vigilant – people feel anonymous, unimportant and unfulfilled. No measurement changes that until leadership changes.

All people want to be appreciated. They want to know that they matter.

People want to see a connection between what they are doing and the future.

They want to know that their contribution matters to people who care.

People need to measure their own success. Standards need to be clear – measurable – achievable.

  • Laugh with people.
  • Know their cares.
  • Ask about their families.
  • Make every moment count.

People join organizations – they stay because leadership is inspiring and life giving.

Be certain that what you measure is what matters!