One of the things that many of our students have in common is that they want to improve their lives. They aspire to greatness and they want to change their circumstances by improving their knowledge, skills and subsequently, their income potential. They want to lead and forge ahead in their own lives. Powerful leaders have the ability to change the world; think about one of the most influential leaders who we still remember – especially on his birthday the 18th of July – the late Nelson Mandela.
This newsletter is dedicated to the key qualities that every good leader
- Leaders start with a great idea, a vision! What is your BHAG? BHAG stands for a BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL. In other words, what is your vision or dream of what you want to achieve. Finding this unique idea maybe a challenge, but it is worth the effort. Invest time in thinking about your leadership and life goals this month. The fact that you are willing to invest in yourself by signing up for a course, shows that you are willing to learn and lead by example.
- Honesty is vital in leadership. Whether you are leading a team in business, in church or even in politics, when you are responsible for a group of people, honest and ethical behaviour need to be a core value. If you want your team to be honest and ethical in return, remember that people tend to learn what they see and observe in their leaders.
- Learn the art of delegation. Leaders know that they cannot do everything themselves. In in order for a business or a team to succeed, leaders need to trust their team to do a good job. If you don’t delegate, you most probably will become overwhelmed and frustrated, which may impact the quality of your work. When you delegate, you are sending a strong positive affirmation to your team: “You can do it!” By doing so, you will build up your team’s self-esteem and confidence in their own belief that they can achieve the goal. A secret to delegation is finding out what your team members’ strengths are and what they “love” to do. Whenever someone works in an area of their strength and expertise, they not only will find this task more enjoyable but they will also go the extra mile. Once you trust your team with delegated tasks, the results will amaze you.
- Clear Communication. At times, things can seem crystal clear to us, but we don’t take the time to clearly explain what is needed and required to our teams. Great leaders are great communicators. They understand that in every communication it is the “sender’s” responsibility to ensure that the “receiver” clearly understands what is required. If you are being met with blank expressions, or the people in your team are not doing what you asked them to do, you may need to explore whether your communication skills are effective. If your team don’t understand what your vision is and what is needed to achieve that, then it is highly likely they won’t be able to work towards a common goal. Investing time in training new members and creating a productive work environment all depend on healthy lines of communication. Whether that comes from your open door policy, having a group chat or team huddle on a daily basis, ensure that you make yourself available to discuss your team members’ concerns. That way your team will learn to trust and rely on you.