The Path To Being Taken Seriously

Being Taken Seriously

I’ve talked a lot about the fun a leader can have. Leadership isn’t all seriousness. But there are reasons for being serious.

One of those is the desire to be taken seriously by those you lead. You want those you lead to look up to you. To respect you. To value your word.

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This can be hard if all they see you as is someone who loves to have fun. The ability to have fun can get in the way and you can struggle to be seen as serious.

That’s okay. You can definitely lead this way. Just know it will be harder.

But what does a leader do if he wants to be taken more seriously? What steps does he have to take?

Choose What To Be Serious About

Being Taken Seriously

Every leader wants to be taken seriously. They also want to have a little bit of fun along the way. I mean, who doesn’t want to enjoy the work they do?

Being serious all of the time gets tiresome. You also begin to become a bore. You don’t want that.

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Instead, you need to learn how to choose what to be serious about and how to lead in those times. The great news is, you can do this. You can have serious times and you can have fun times.

Choose What To Be Serious About

Knowing when and where to be serious is the key to having fun while leading. It can also be a struggle to know when to switch on your fun side and when to shut it off.

This is what we’re going to discuss today.

Are Leaders Always Serious?

Being Taken Seriously

A frequent question leaders new and old will ask is whether or not they have to be serious. You know, they wonder if they have to have the stern face, commanding voice, and never smile.

It’s a great leadership question to ask. This is because leadership has often been portrayed as stuffy, serious business.

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There’s no doubt leadership is serious business. Serious business doesn’t mean there’s no room for a little fun.

Are Leaders Always Serious?

By the first couple of paragraphs, you already know my answer to this pressing question. No, leaders do not have to be serious all of the time.

There are times a leader needs to be serious. A leader needs to be serious when:

  • he is letting a team member go
  • business decisions are impacting team members
  • the organization is closing its doors

Gaining The Respect Of Those You Lead

Being Taken Seriously

Many leaders want to be super serious so they can be taken seriously. They believe the more they have a hard-nosed, get it done at any cost type of attitude, the more they’ll be respected.

This line of thinking is wrong. You don’t gain the respect of your team by being hard-nosed. You also don’t gain respect by having a get it done at any cost type of attitude.

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There’s a better, more efficient way of gaining respect. One you can do without completely alienating the ones you lead.

But how do you gain the respect of those you lead without demanding respect? You follow what I’ll share today.

Gaining The Respect Of Those You Lead

Great leaders know they can’t push people around and expect them to be respected. Rather, great leaders know they can do a select few activities and be respected.

Why So Serious?

Being Taken Seriously

Transitioning from a traditional team member to a team member with authority is a huge shift. So is stepping into a leadership position when you have no history with an organization.

Becoming a leader is serious business. It’s also a challenging position. Even more so when there’s a need to be serious.

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Many leaders when they step into their leadership position flip a switch. They go from the fun-loving coworker to the stern-faced boss.

This transition will turn out for the best! My will be done. My dream be accomplished!

Uhhh… Why So Serious?

Have you ever been led by one of those people described above? The one who lets their newfound power give them a big head? Maybe you were one of these leaders…

We all know leadership is serious business. We’re leading people and organizations and there are consequences to where and how we lead others.