How to Be a Great Leader

Posted by Alfredo On February - 28 - 2016 0 Comment

Leadership TeamTake a moment to think about the best boss you’ve ever had. Can you remember what made them so great? Why do you think they were your favorite boss? Chances are, they were respected by the majority of the staff (you can’t please everyone) in addition to yourself. But why did everyone like them so much? It can be hard to put into words the way they made you feel, especially if you were very fond of that boss. Generally, good leaders are actively involved in their employees’ work, encourage creativity and are open to new ideas, have a positive attitude, and communicate well. Read on to learn more about becoming a great leader – someday, you might be someone’s favorite boss!

  1. Encourage creativity and welcome new ideas. Everyone loves the chance to think outside the box and come up with new solutions to problems. If you create a safe, welcoming, judgment-free brainstorming environment for your staff, you will reap the rewards. One of the biggest inhibitors of creative thought is judgment, so allow all the ideas to come out before you start knocking them down.
  2. Be passionate. It is obvious to those underneath you when you care about your job and love what you do! When others can see that you take your job seriously, they are more likely to take their jobs seriously. Group members take a lot of cues from their leaders. On a similar note…
  3. Be a role model for your staff. Set a good example for them. If you steal office supplies and wear inappropriate clothes, they will think it’s okay to do the same things. Your behavior will set the tone for the entire office – be careful.
  4. Have a positive attitude. If you stomp around the office with a dark frown on your face, chances are pretty good that your staff members will want to avoid you at all costs. They will be afraid of you, they will avoid you, and they will not want to work with you. A leader with a positive outlook will inspire positivity in their followers, which will lead to a desire for productivity!
  5. Communicate with your staff. When you fail to communicate properly but get upset when people don’t follow your instructions, you are creating a confusing and hostile work environment. Make your expectations known at the beginning, and make yourself open and available for questions.
  6. Recognize hard work and achievements. Humans are motivated by positive encouragement! That may mean giving shout-outs at meetings, handing out certificates, making announcements on office-wide emails, recognitions in newsletters, etc. When people know they will receive recognition for their hard work, they will do what it takes to receive those accolades.

This post was written by a guest contributor from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. To learn more about their Master’s Programs, visit their website at http://broad.msu.edu/masters/.

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