15 things natural leaders do automatically, everyday.
1. Make Others Feel Safe
Successful leaders will often encourage others to voice their opinion. This makes the people around them feel safe and trust their leader. If your leader over rules your opinion, it can leave people feeling intimidated.
2. Make Decisions
Successful leaders are expert decision makers. They focus on "making things happen" at all times – decision making activities that sustain progress. They know how to make 30 decisions in 30 minutes.
3. Set your expectations
Successful leaders are great communicators, and this is especially true when it comes to "performance expectations." In doing so, they remind their colleagues of the organization's core values and mission statement – ensuring that their vision is properly translated and actionable objectives are properly executed.
4. Challenge People to Think
The most successful leaders understand their colleagues' mindsets, capabilities and areas for improvement. They use this knowledge/insight to challenge their teams to think and stretch them to reach for more. These types of leaders excel in keeping their people on their toes, never allowing them to get comfortable and enabling them with the tools to grow.
5. Be Accountable to Others
Successful leaders allow their colleagues to manage them. This doesn't mean they are allowing others to control them – but rather becoming accountable to assure they are being proactive to their colleagues needs.
6. Lead by Example
Leading by example sounds easy, but few leaders are consistent with this one. Successful leaders practice what they preach and are mindful of their actions.
7. Measure & Reward Performance
Great leaders always have a strong "pulse" on business performance and those people who are the performance champions. Successful leaders never take consistent performers for granted and are mindful of rewarding them.
8. Provide Continuous Feedback
Successful leaders always provide feedback and they welcome reciprocal feedback by creating trustworthy relationships with their colleagues.
9. Be a friend
Leaders are likeable by nature, having the ability to be a friend to turn to when in need is a strong trait that many employees admire in their leaders.
10. Ask Questions
Successful leaders ask questions and seek counsel all the time. From the outside, they appear to know-it-all – yet on the inside, they have a deep thirst for knowledge and constantly are on the look-out to learn new things because of their commitment to making themselves better through the wisdom of others.
11. Be good at problem solving
Successful leaders tackle issues head-on and know how to discover the heart of the matter at hand. They don't procrastinate and thus become incredibly proficient at problem solving; they learn from and don't avoid uncomfortable circumstances (they welcome them). Getting ahead in life is about doing the things that most people don't like doing.
12. Have a positive attitude
Successful leaders create a positive and inspiring workplace culture. They know how to set the tone and bring an attitude that motivates their colleagues to take action. As such, they are likeable, respected and strong willed. They don't allow failures to disrupt momentum.
13. Be a Great Teacher
Many employees in the workplace will tell you that their leaders have stopped being teachers. Successful leaders never stop teaching because they are so self-motivated to learn themselves. They use teaching to keep their colleagues well-informed and knowledgeable through statistics, trends, and other newsworthy items.
14. Invest in Relationships
Successful leaders don't focus on protecting their domain – instead they expand it by investing in mutually beneficial relationships. Leaders share the harvest of their success to help build momentum for those around them.
15. Genuinely Enjoy Responsibilities
Successful leaders love being leaders – not for the sake of power but for the meaningful and purposeful impact they can create. When you have reached a senior level of leadership – it's about your ability to serve others and this can't be accomplished unless you genuinely enjoy what you do.
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