A recent blog by Leadership Coach Lolly Daskal caught my attention when she wrote about leading by example. Many of my executive MBA graduates are seeking C-Suite positions, and have worked hard to reach that level. They know it’s important to follow your leadership compass: Great leaders chart their course by exhibiting the values and choices they want to see in their teams. We’ve all worked for someone who has laid down rules they don’t follow, or demands an effort they are unwilling to give. It’s demoralizing, and anything but leadership.
Does your leadership compass point true north? We all get a bit lost sometimes. Here are a few of the qualities Ms. Daskal describes as essential to good leaders, that will help you chart your organization’s course to greater success!
Respect. Respect the time and efforts of others, no matter where they sit in the chain of command. Return phone calls and emails promptly, acknowledge effort, celebrate achievement, and take the time to get to know those you lead.
Gratitude. Your success is based on managing and directing the hard work, dedication, and talent of every team member. Without those associates, there is no company to run. Engagement and commitment is fostered when leaders are clear that employee contributions are valued and appreciated.
Professionalism. From the way you dress, to your topics of conversation, exhibit the professionalism you’d like to encourage in your team. Decline the jeans, gossip and office politics, and stick to suits and solutions!
Inclusion. Stay open to other opinions, and consider asking for other ideas before stating your own, so as not to stifle creativity and risk-taking. Use tact and discretion when guiding employees, to become a trusted mentor. Encourage introverts and outsiders to contribute, making sure everyone’s talents and skills are engaged.