We all want to lead better. To make sure we’re leading our team in the best possible direction.
I’ve found 3 secrets to effective leadership.
With these 3 secrets, you’ll not only improve your effectiveness as a leader, you’ll become a better leader.
I’m willing to share these 3 secrets with you but you have to promise me something. That you’ll keep these a secret. Shhh!
No, not really. Please share these 3 secrets with everyone that wants to know how to become a more effective leader. That’s what we’re all about.
- Effective leaders delegate
We often like to take on as many tasks as possible. It lets people know that we’re important and that we’re busy.
We also know it will get done “properly” if we do it ourselves.
Yet this is one way to make yourself into an ineffective leader.
Effective leaders have learned that they must delegate tasks out to their team members. These tasks include those that are outside of your expertise. It may include accounting, teaching, or cleaning. Find out what tasks are clogging your workday and decreasing your productivity.
Look for other team members who can do the task effectively. The general rule of thumb is “If someone else can do the task 80% as well as you can, delegate it out.”
You’re now free to do what you do best.
- Effective leaders know their strengths
What do you do best? That is your strength area.
Find it and focus on that.
If you’ve taken step 1, you’ve now freed up your time and can focus on your area of strength. You’ll find yourself being more productive and getting the things done that need to be done.
- Effective leaders build relationships
Your team needs you and you need your team.
Relationships are the building blocks of any great organization. As you cultivate relationships with your team, you will build trust and loyalty.
You’re able to cast a wider vision. You’re able to capture their imagination. You’re able to join you on the journey.
Take time to ensure you’re working on and creating the community your organization requires.
If you apply even one of these secrets, your leadership will see a boost. You’ll get more response, your team members will be happier, or your rekindle the joy you once had in leading.
Now’s the time of truth. Will you focus on these three secrets and become an effective leader?
If you are who I think you are, I know you will. Now get out there and do it!
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Question: How can applying one of these secrets increase the effectiveness of your leadership? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.