Becoming a good leader is a goal many of us are chasing, whether you want to lead a team, a company or even yourself. Leadership is an invaluable skill that takes time to master, but the journey along the way can teach you new and important life skills.
One question many of you will ask is how to become a great leader or how to start your journey to become a great leader.
Here are five ways to start your journey and become a great leader:
Start By Leading Yourself
If you cannot lead yourself, how can you lead others? Start by building a disciplined lifestyle in which you can follow your own leadership. This discipline will help you to grow your skills, identify what motivates you and what doesn’t. While this task may seem simple, it has great benefits in helping you develop your leadership skills.
Lead By Doing
Most people can talk the talk, few can walk the walk. You need to practice what you preach and show your team that you will lead from the front, rather than yell from the back. The world is tired of those who say they can do, and they want to see more leaders who actually do.
The most respected leaders lead through action which inspired people to do the same. Start doing rather than just speaking.
To build a following you need to support those around you, not just those who follow you. Start giving and being generous in as many ways as possible to leave a legacy of giving, rather than taking. Many leaders have shown that supporting the communities around you not only improves their lives but improves yours too. As the saying goes, “The World is Round”
Identify Your Natural Ability
You are not good at everything. While we may all like to believe otherwise, we cannot do everything and are not good at everything. This is why a crucial part of being a leader is delegating. Finding people who are good at the things you are not or can support you in your efforts is a crucial step. Find, Delegate, Grow.
Growing as a leading in 2021 may seem daunting. While building discipline and character is a great step towards becoming a good leader, it will take time. Look at the bigger picture and at everything that makes up you as a leader. Identify the areas that need work and work on them.