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How To Be a Strong Leader in the Workplace

631 days ago
How To Be a Strong Leader in the Workplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Article by Zack Jones for AboutLeaders.com

 

The main criteria for someone to move up in a company is to be a strong leader.

Strength in the workplace can sometimes be misunderstood as being domineering or just ordering people around. That is far from the truth.

If a person wants to be a strong leader in their workplace, there are some steps to take that can help them gain that objective. Some leadership skills can be natural, but many can be learned.

Here are some steps a person can use to be a strong leader in the workplace:

Take leadership courses. It is always best to learn from someone that knows about leadership and how to be a great leader. Two names that come to mind are Dr. Mary Kay Whitaker and Brian Tracy. If either one of these people were to give a leadership conference, it would be well worth a person’s time and money to attend that conference.

Lead with your example. When a leader asks someone to complete a difficult assignment, if that leader has shown they have completed the same task, or he/she jumps in and shows their willingness to do it, they are leading by example.

Be a great teacher. This falls in with leading by example. Some people believe that by teaching a person everything they know about their position that will drive their usefulness out. That is far from the truth. Teach with gusto and share all you know. Superiors will see the benefits and promotions will be handed out to the teacher.

Have a positive mental attitude. When a person is positive, even in difficult situations, the people near he/she are positive too. Positiveness is a very important part of being a strong leader is being positive.

Seek help and ask questions. Even the best leaders in the world know they do not know everything. When a problem arises, they ask questions and seek counsel from someone who may have faced the situation before.

Allow others to voice opinions. Whether it is the janitor or a high level manager, everyone has worthwhile opinions that can help the company. By allowing others to speak and be heard, it shows the signs that a person is a good leader. The biggest key to this is giving a speaking time limit, and keeping control of these meetings.

Make decisions. Not every decision a great leader makes is the best decision. What shows that he/she is a great leader is the fact that they stepped up and made the decision – then get working to make that decision right. People that procrastinate and let others make the decisions that they should have made are showing a sign that they are not leadership material.

These are just a few of the keys to being a strong leader in the workplace.

For leaders to grow their leadership skills, they should participate in formal leadership courses, seminars, look into getting an organizational leadership degree, and online webinars on an ongoing basis. Getting involved in ongoing leadership skills development allows a person to interact with other leaders and, in a school setting, practice what they have learned.

 

 

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