This is the fifth and final blog in my series listing the top 50 issues a leader has to consider (you can view the first, second, third and fourth ones here). Being a leader is a complex role. It’s about setting an example, determining a strategy, taking risks and keeping to your values. But it’s also about talent management, creating opportunities and making decisions. And some say it’s about being influential and being influenced.
These are not necessarily in any area of priority but are based on some of the feedback we get from leaders attending our Foundation Leadership training courses. Of course much of the complexity comes from the subtlety required from those in a leadership role. I am sure this will provoke debate - things you’ll want to add, adjust or take away. Do let me know your views and we’ll compile a complete list and upload it to our website.
- Recognise that people’s ability to absorb change can be effected by their leadership style
Good leaders understand the variety of leadership styles and the effect on others each style can have.
- Celebrate success
Good leaders know the importance of success.
- Be interested in what people say
Good leaders know the importance of being (and being seen to be) genuinely interested.
- Consult people before making changes affecting people’s work
Good leaders know the importance of consultation in the change process.
- Delegate interesting work
Good leaders don’t just delegate the boring stuff.
- Act as a coach
Good leaders develop their staff.
- Are respected
Good leaders know they have to earn this respect.
- Are fair and are seen to be fair
Good leaders know the importance of fair treatment for all.
- Have integrity
Good leaders understand what this means in practice.
- Are prepared to be influenced
Good leaders do not have the monopoly on good ideas and will move if necessary.
I hope you enjoyed the series and would welcome suggestions on any more tips to add.
Nigel Walpole, MD, Bray Leino Learning
In my series of blogs I’ll talk through my thoughts on some of the key issues facing managers in the workplace - lessons learnt, tips for success and general musings.
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