The new year is the perfect time to take a look at your leadership style and see where there’s room for improvement. Consider the following advice from some of the world’s most inspiring leaders.
1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams.
The members of your team should be doing tasks because they are inspired and genuinely value the work they are doing.
2. “The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” – George Orwell.
As a leader, show your team you respect their work and care about the results by working hard yourself.
3. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” –President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The best leaders support their teams and provide positive encouragement.
4. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow.
When your team makes a mistake, take responsibility. Boost members of your team who perform well, and they will perform better in the future.
5. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George S. Patton.
Trust the members of your team to know what they’re doing, and they will perform better and return the respect.
6. “To lead people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu.
Nobody is more qualified to tell you about problems with the project than a member of your team. Listen carefully.
7. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”― Eleanor Roosevelt.
If a member of your team is unable to perform a task, listen to his or her explanation sincerely and meditate on how to solve the fundamental underlying issues.
8. “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” – Publilius Syrus.
Don’t run away from leadership challenges in 2015. Be the best leader you can be by addressing challenges head on.
9. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
Build a team that you can trust – so you can let go of the wheel of your business without worrying that you’ll careen off the road — is your most important task as a leader.
10. “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks.
Leadership is about doing what’s best for the whole team and inspiring profound belief in your path and vision.
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