Becoming a Great Leader

By Kelly Ethridge

Leaders influence others in order to achieve goals, and they must gain the respect of followers in order to influence them!  This is no easy task, but if you want to be an INFLUENTIAL LEADER, these five easy rules could help you get there quickly:

Find Your Style and Inspire.

One of the most important things you can do as a leader is cultivate self-awareness.  Knowing your leadership style will help you be more intentional about using it well and managing its shortcomings. Do you lead with expertise? Charisma? Armed yourself with this knowledge and awareness and you can leverage your unique style to become more influential and inspire others.

Demonstrate Integrity.

Nothing can ruin your influence and respect faster than a lack of integrity. Integrity, however, is not just avoiding unethical choices and situations. Integrity is intentionally molding a culture of values and service.

Finish Your Homework.

As a leader, the more you know about what you are getting into, the more prepared you are to address it well. You can look into hard data like market research, competitive analysis, and customer satisfaction trends, or informal research that comes from asking around. Leaders get informed and stay informed.

Invest In Yourself.

Leaders invest in learning. Grow your expertise. Get certified. Cross train. The more you know, the more you can help. The greater your competence, the more others will respect you and the effort you made to learn about what they do.

Manage Your Brand.

Leaders understand the importance of perception. Ensure that your strengths are not being perceived negatively by asking for feedback, engaging in 360 assessments, and communicating proactively what you intend to accomplish with a particular action or question.

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