Thursday, 9 August 2018

5 Tips for Leadership

John Eades, from the Welder Leader program has some simple tips on how to develop your leadership. Here we have taken five of them and asked some supplementary questions. If you read the article, there are 5 more. Which of the 10 would be a target for you to work on over the next year?

1. Be Consistent
"The steadfast adherence to principles, truth or standards of behavior”.
Consistency is a vital part of being a leader. A steadfast adherence to principles and standards of behavior will make you the most successful leader you can be. When you lack these, you create a sense of uncertainty and doubt for your team that is almost impossible to overcome.
  • Do your team know how you will respond when they bring an issue to them?
  • Are you able to manage your emotions at times of stress?
  • If you were asked the same question on different days, would your response vary?
2. Communicate All the Time
The vast majority of conflict in a work environment or any relationship can be blamed on poor communication. Many leaders do not place enough emphasis on and put enough effort into clear communication. When a leader or team does not properly communicate, assumptions are made. This results in people being unsure about where they stand or how they are supposed to behave. 
  • How do you ensure people know what you mean?
  • Are there clear models that demonstrate expectations?
  • How often do you interact with different tiers of the school?
3. Focus on Relationships
The relationships you build as a leader must be based on trust and mutual respect. Where most leaders struggle is in understanding their responsibility to earn those two things. Long gone are the days of a title earning the respect of those you lead. In today’s workplaces, a title should only be a reminder of your responsibility to earn trust and respect from your people.
  • Are you highly visible as a leader?
  • Do staff feel that they are trusted to make their own decisions?
  • How do you recognise staff effort and achievement and show how you value them?
4. Be Purpose-Driven
The desire to be part of something bigger than oneself is deep within everyone. Being purpose-driven is the best way to satisfy this need. Knowing what it is you want to do, beyond making money, is such a vital part of being successful. Ask yourself, who do we serve? Why is it important? What greater impact can/do we have on the world?
  • When was the mission statement last revisited?
  • Are all members of staff equally able to identify the core purpose?
  • How much of your time do you get to spend tasks related to this purpose?
5. Define Core Values
Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or an organization. These guiding principles dictate behavior and help people decipher right from wrong. A common denominator between all great leaders is the time they have dedicated to defining their own set of core values. You always know a core value not by the words on a wall or website but by seeing what a leader rewards, recognized and talks about.
  • What are your core values?
  • How do you demonstrate them on a daily basis?
  • Would members of staff identify the same values when they talk about your leadership?
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