Leading an organisation can be a lonely experience. There is no-one to praise you, or give you feedback on how to improve. Developing your leadership skills is a constant challenge as it can be difficult to assess your effectiveness.
A leader must wear many hats, managing the future of the company, its staff and the customers’ impressions of the brand. Leaders have a clear vision, and stay calm and focused during difficult times. As a leader you have to jump on opportunities whilst protecting the company’s future.
Pip Thomas, from Edge NLP makes the distinction between a manager and aleader, “A lot of people don’t realise that there is a big difference between a manager and a leader. A manager is programmed to perform a set of tasks, whereas a leader needs to act more instinctively. A leader is happy to take risks and be innovative, whereas a manger administers a set of tasks.
Leaders question tradition
A leader will question what is being done and the way it is achieved. They will seek out processes which save time and energy and jump on opportunities which may provide a benefit – even if this involves taking a risk. A manager will just continue down the same route without innovating.
Leaders inspire loyalty
Leaders inspire their staff to work hard and work creatively with a passion. Managers are more likely to control their underlings, which can create resentment.
A leader empowers their staff
A leader does not micro-manage. He or she delegates tasks clearly and give the staff member the opportunity to shine. They maintain a visible presence and show their availability whilst being prepared to help out when the situation requires it.
Leaders have passion
Passion is vital for successful leadership, as it helps you to stay focused and pursue your goals right to completion. Passion is contagious – if you ooze positivity and enthusiasm you staff will pick up on this and start to feel the same way.
Leaders have confidence
Developing your leadership confidence is vital if you want to inspire your staff. This is the hardest leadership trait to learn – but also one of the most important characteristics of your role. If your staff feel confident in your ability, they will be more inclined to follow your path.
Does your company have a leader or a manager?