20. Jan, 2019

WHY did you become a Leader?

Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example

The work world is tough: Wake up, go to work, deal with the boss (or if you are the boss, deal with everyone), make money (ideally to make more this year than last year), come home, manage personal life, go to bed, wake up, repeat. That's plenty to deal with every day. Why get fancy (and waste time) by trying to also understand WHY you need to be a strong leader?

If you are a leader you need to understand how your work impact others and WHY did you become a leader on the first place?

Being a Leader is inspirational and tough at times so here a brief summary of what makes a great leader?

What makes a great leader?

Inspiration. They’re inspiring. They bring out the best in their employees. They don't micromanage. They create a positive workplace culture and give people wings to soar.

Integrity. It’s one thing to rouse employees with a moving speech, but to actually get employees to trust them is another thing. Great bosses are trustworthy. They’re accountable. They expect everyone to take responsibility for their actions, most of all themselves.

Humility. Great leaders don’t surround themselves with "yes employees." or need their ego to be constantly stroked. They consistently seek opportunities to help and serve others.

Empathy. Leaders who possess this trait are not only interested in the bottom line, but the people responsible for the bottom line. They understand the needs of their followers.

Decision-Making. They are great decision makers. They welcome honest feedback and are not afraid to seek out differing opinions, because their focus is doing what is best for all.

Support. They invest in people. Such managers push employees to grow and develop. They recommend and provide opportunities for staff to reach their full potential.

Humor. Running a business is no joke, but an amazing boss has to be able to see the humor in things. They are strong but light hearted. They don’t take themselves too seriously and put their employees at ease especially in tense situations. They have a great sense of humor.

Appreciation. They appreciate employees. Their passion is people. They make everyone they come into contact with, feel valued. When employees have a boss who truly appreciates them, they are willing to go the extra mile to ensure successful outcomes.

A good boss is better than a good company. A good boss would discipline you, train you, develop you.”  -Jack Ma

A bad boss can make you sick. Studies show having a bad boss raises a worker's chance of having a heart attack by as much as 60 per cent. High levels of stress is directly linked stress with atherosclerosis, the disease of the arteries that in turn causes heart disease. What was it about a bad manager that increased the risk of heart disease? The stress and anxiety caused by unfeasible targets, lack of support, unfair practices and threats of punishment.

There is an abundance of bad bosses in the workplace which account for employee engagement being at an all time low. Self-serving leaders can be both destructive and ineffective. Employees yearn for good bosses. A recent study says that 56% of employees would turn down a 10% raise to stay with a great boss. Most companies don't currently think about great managers as a benefit or publicize that benefit to prospective employees, but this is the best incentive in retaining good employees. All the money or benefits in the world will not retain good staff if they have a bad boss who makes their time on work miserable.

Type YES if you agree!

All the best

Nieves

Author of #ScrewProcrastinationTakeAction: 3 SIMPLE STEPS to get what matters done and reach your destination