You have ambition, and you’re not afraid to reach for it. You want more out of life than what you currently have, and that’s a good thing. You are reliable, trusted, hard-working and well-liked by team members.
Your next step? A leadership position.
If you want to move up, you need to have the qualities of a healthy leader. Before you go after that promotion, we have practical advice to help you develop these ten traits into the skills you need to be a great leader.
Build solidarity with your team by being humble about your accomplishments. You don’t have to be arrogant for management to notice what you have to offer. Gain the trust of your co-workers by embracing failure and admitting your mistakes. Healthy leaders realize everyone makes mistakes, including themselves. Learn from your errors to improve work quality. Be approachable; create a safe place for your co-workers to ask you for help to fix their mistakes.
Begin to build a community by sharing your knowledge with co-workers. Encourage your teammates to do their best and cheer them on when they succeed. Working as one of the team will help you be able to lead by example. You have to do the same work your staff is doing to fully understand how you should lead them. Good leaders don’t expect followers to do what they would not do themselves.
Learn to persuade your co-workers to finish projects early and reach new goals. Uplift your team by focusing on what they are doing well. Praise will motivate them to work harder. Leaders who inspire and get results disrupt old, negative behaviors to help the team change the culture by creating positive routines. Good team leaders inspire, not push people to perform or engage in negative competition.
Sense of Humor
A great leader needs to have a good sense of humor. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and show a quick recovery from mistakes. Fix problems quickly and don’t focus on the negative. Your resilience will be influential. When you become a leader, be sure to encourage personal conversations and humor to reduce stress at work and build camaraderie.
Keep a positive attitude at work and show your confidence. Stay calm when work gets stressful and help others stay focused on the job at hand. Show your commitment to the growth of your fellow team members by asking about their challenges and encouraging them to keep trying. Positive leaders invest in every person on the team. They don’t worry about what they can get out of someone. A good leader takes every opportunity to create positive engagement with those they lead.
Don’t micromanage people. Trust your co-workers to use their own methods to get the job done right. Build your leadership skills by working with your team and encouraging collaboration. Trust is the key to successful delegating.
Learn From the Past
Slip-ups happen; taking ownership shows you learn from your mistakes. Develop a plan to avoid future issues. Ask yourself and teach those around you to ask the Five Whys (ask “why?” five times). Each answer reveals a cause of the problem which will lead to the solution. Collaborate with co-workers to solve problems. Teaching your team these skills will be invaluable.
Listen and Communicate
You must listen to your team and communicate your vision clearly. Be empathetic and receptive to what you are hearing. Don’t interrupt or judge the person speaking. Always encourage feedback and conversation. You will help reduce the group’s stress by letting people vent to you or tell you their frustrations. Opening communication and encouraging cooperation build the team up.
Hold yourself accountable for your actions. Establish your expectations for yourself and others by refusing to make excuses. Find a way to fix the problem; even ask for suggestions to prevent it from happening again. Show good stewardship of your team and employer by resolving any personal conflict as quickly as possible.
Good leaders study the past to prepare for the future. Learn the rhythm of your job, notice little changes, watch for patterns and always adapt. Help your co-workers focus on the big picture instead of the little frustrations. Show them how to be adaptable. Great leaders know encouraging small, simple changes over time will create significant results.
The final trait is the most important to become a great leader. Centeredness is a state of mindfulness that enables leaders to remain calm under stress, empathize, listen deeply, and remain present. If you master nothing else on this list, master centeredness to succeed as a leader.
If you want a promotion, you have to earn it. To become a positive leader, you have to do things differently. The more you follow these tips, the sooner you will become the inspirational leader you want to be. Learning these skills and using them at work will get you noticed for the right reasons. These traits will serve you well.