Leadership is defined as the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. At Clear Vision Communications, we hold our leadership team to a high standard. From them, we encourage more than a motivating mindset; we want them to inspire. As a small business, we discuss growth almost daily. Our plan is for 2021 to be our most successful year yet. However, the only way to achieve this is to have exceptional leaders. We’re confident that our team is up to the task. Are you?
Today, we’re going to discuss our guide to exceptional leadership. Hopefully, it inspires you to step up your game this year!
Be a master communicator
To lead, you have to connect with your people. The only way to do this is to be a master communicator. Explain to your team that you have an open-door policy and are always available if they need to talk. While this may seem like a lousy idea time-management-wise, you’ll be surprised how beneficial having open lines of communication are. To start, you’ll get a feel for how they think, which allows you the opportunity to train them better. You’ll also get an idea for the ins and outs of the office that, as a leader, you wouldn’t be privy to in most circumstances.
“You manage things; you lead people.” – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
This quote sums up this leadership tip to a tee. You can’t disconnect from your people. You have to create relationships and build trust!
Put the needs of others first
An exceptional leader is selfless.
While your goals and self-care are important, it is essential that you are consistently putting your team’s needs first!Tweet
They need your guidance and will only grow if you give them the attention they need. Think of your team members as seeds. The goal is for them to grow into strong trees that are resistant to the wind’s strength. At first, they are going to need a ton of your time. You’ll have to water the seeds and protect them from animals. Eventually, they’ll require less and less of your attention. Your people need the same level of care until they are strong enough to become leaders themselves.
Show appreciation where it’s due
When you were first starting in your career, how great did it feel when your leader celebrated your achievements? We’re going to throw out a guess that you were on top of the world. It feels incredible when others recognize how hard you’ve been working and how quickly you’re hitting your goals. Now, it’s your turn to encourage others! Anytime one of your team members excel, whether it’s a big or small achievement, shout out their success for all to hear. The impact of this small gesture will work wonders!
There is a vast difference between being a leader and being an exceptional leader. At Clear Vision Communications, we only have time for the latter. Our goals are big, and we can’t let mediocrity and complacency block our progress. We hope these tips have inspired you to step up and do more for your people!