3 Daily Activities To Make You A Better Leader
Trevor McClintock, change agent and entrepreneur, discusses what you should be doing daily to become a better leader.
Being a leader is not just about guiding a team to success, it is about continually improving yourself to stay ahead of the curve.
Every day you should aim to do something which will help you grow as a person, enabling you to become a pioneer in your sector.
Being a leader means constantly evolving your business to keep up with trends and meet the needs of the marketplace.
1) Manage your time
Throughout the company hierarchy it is essential to manage time effectively in order to balance different priorities and maximise productivity.
Time is money and as such should be monitored and allocated accordingly.
Know the value of your time and the time of members of your team.
Leading a team means you should be future-gazing at all times, scouring the horizon for potential disruptors.
You should have contingency plans in place for when things don’t quite go to plan.
Planning effectively, setting definable time frames and allocating time accordingly enables businesses to increase capacity, make more money and achieve target growth.
Practice what you preach!
Employees will follow by example and take on board good habits if they are demonstrated by the leader of the organisation.
If you can help your team to be efficient throughout then you will be surprised at the scale of the cost savings you can make over time.
2) Care about your team
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
Make it a priority to invest in your people. Without great people your business will not succeed.
It’s important to make your team feel as invested in your business vision as you are.
Collective ambition for the company is what will make the company great.
There are many ways you can invest in your team for the future; how about looking into training courses for future leaders?
How about setting aside a bit of time each week to mentor individual staff?
Personalised plans for progression within the company help staff achieve their ambitions – and setting targets can improve personal productivity which in turn contributes to the company’s overall productivity.
Be transparent in your approach – honesty is appreciated – tell people what they are doing right and what they need to improve on but be constructive in your advice.
Check in with your team often.
Find out how they are feeling and make sure any issues are raised with management in order to promote a happy culture within the team.
It is the way that problems are dealt with which demonstrates the strength of the team.
Do you have procedures in place to enable problems to be dealt with effectively?
3) Seek advice
It’s lonely at the top.
Taking the lead can sometimes seem a daunting task, no matter what level you are at within your organisation – from more junior managers to senior management to directors, a common mistake made by leaders is to avoid accepting advice from anyone, through fear of seeming incompetent or unworthy of their position.
“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
We never stop learning and you will never know everything there is to know.
Don’t be afraid to ask the opinions of your peers and those who have trodden the path before you.
Cultivate your knowledge and always keep an open mind to doing things differently.
If you follow these tips every day, you are on your way to becoming a better leader and making small yet significant changes in your organisation.
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