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- Practice integrity. People are not motivated to follow leaders who are unethical or unjust. When you practice integrity you gain the trust of the people you work with.
- Actions speak louder than words. Great leaders should lead by example. Do not delegate tasks to others that you are not willing to do yourself.
- Be persuasive. Frame your requests in such a way that the benefits are clear to the person you’re assigning work to. Show your employees or team members what they’ll gain by giving it their all.
- Make people feel important. Leadership is about motivating others. Show real concern for and interest in the lives of your team members. Thank them for a job well done – even if it’s a small job.
- Praise in public, correct in private. You will lose credibility as a leader if you single someone out for condemnation in a group setting. You will gain credibility if you praise in a group setting.
- To criticize well, consider the “sandwich approach” – praise the team member, highlight the area of criticism, and praise them once more.
- Take responsibility for your mistakes. Leaders aren’t perfect, so don’t deny your failures or attempt to deflect them onto someone else. Own up to your own failures and you will gain the respect of others.
- Have clear, achievable goals. Successful teams reach consensus on all their common goals and know their role in accomplishing those goals.
- Be knowledgeable. Knowledge and understanding is crucial for being competent in your work and in gaining and maintaining the respect of your team members. This doesn’t mean you’re the absolute best in your field, but if you routinely demonstrate to your team that you are inept or unqualified, you will begin losing their respect.
- Surround yourself with great people. The fact is, we are strongly influenced by those we spend the most time with whether at home, school, work, or somewhere else.
The art of communication is the language of leadership. -James Humes