Lately, I have been thinking as to how a Leader inspires a team. What their actions are? How they carry themselves? How 'differently' they communicate? And they all inspire a team? Or are Leaders really necessary as everyone want us to believe? Can it not be shared by everyone in the team?
Imagine a game. Lets say a team member misses a sitter. And when the Captain takes him to the cleaners - Does the Leader show passion which in turn inspires everyone around him? Or are they just being an ass****. In the same game. Another team member misses a sitter. And when captain does not show any emotion, what happens now? Does it show they are not bothered?
Compare the same in a corporate setup. Which style is really best to push the organization forward? To make people like them and listen to them. Some Leaders make you wonder if being an ass**** is what is needed to get to the top or you survive there if you turn into one. And everyone of us have our share of those ass******.
But the best Leaders are the ones who are not concerned about what other people think about them or their style or their whatever. If you aspire to be a good leader, just have in mind the following. These are the things great Leaders do best.
Do. Then Tell.
A preacher never makes a good Leader. After all, all he does is preach. Great Leaders do not sit in the pedestal and bark out orders. They go out and face the music. You want your team to play hard, show them. The Leader needs to show the team how to share, respect and win. He can not expect others to do what he does not want to do. If you expect your team to never give up, to go the extra mile or take risks - show them the way. Even if you want them to do the smallest of tasks.
This is the one quality that the team looks for in its Leader. The world loves a talent, but pays off on character. You need to treat the members in your team equally and in a fair way. The team will respond in a positive way to your honesty. The members will be themselves with you. You set a benchmark within the team. This creates a culture of positivity and nurtures team spirit. People enjoy working under you. They know that you are not going to climb on their shoulders. They belive you.
You learn about a Leader during times of a failure. A great Leader is one who takes the blame when things go wrong and credits the team members when things go right. They do not finger point when things go bad. Instead they try to set things right. It does not mean that they do not let people take responsibility for their work or actions. It actually does the opposite. They give their best work knowing that you will stand up for them. Good Leaders know that during failures is when you can build a great team.
So go on. Anyone can be a great Leader.
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