What Great Leaders Do Differently

Tuesday June 6th, 2017

great-leaderEveryone has a different style of leadership. Some are more authoritative while others are passive and more inclusive. While there is probably a need for all types in the business world, several traits help separate the goods from the greats. So what is it exactly that great leaders do that separates them from the pack?

They Work Alongside Their Team

Anyone can sit on their office and bark orders at their team. But great leaders aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. When their team is in need, a great leader will jump in the trenches to work out a problem or lend support.

By showing a willingness to work alongside their team, great leaders demonstrate a level of respect that makes each employee feel valued. It establishes trust and encourages reciprocated respect, which are the building blocks of any successful team.

They’re Assertive, Not Pushy

There is a big difference between being assertive and being pushy, and great leaders know exactly when not to cross that line. Assertiveness as a leader is important, as your team does need to be instructed, organized and guided at times. Being assertive just demonstrates your confidence and knowledge on the task at hand. It inspires confidence in your team, as they feel supported by a leader who knows what they’re doing.

A leader who is pushy may appear to employees as someone who is overcompensating or who lacks faith in the abilities of their team. Being pushy rubs people the wrong way and automatically turns them against you. It’s much harder to organize a team that doesn’t like your attitude. So, confidently lead with assertiveness, and your team is sure to follow.

They Never Stop Learning

Recognition for and openness to continuous education can be the difference between a good leader and a great leader. A great leader recognizes that their employees aren’t the only ones who could benefit from continual learning. It is impossible for any one person to know absolutely everything, and because of this, there is always more to learn. Your learning could include anything from re-certifying for a particular skill in your field, a workshop on how to be a better a communicator, or working towards a masters or doctorate degree. The benefits of continual learning not only affect your ability to be an effective, great leader, but also influence your personal growth.

They Delegate

Releasing control is something many leaders struggle with, but a great leader trusts his or her team and isn’t afraid to delegate. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to carry the burden of work on your own. Your role as a leader is to do just that: lead. Set an objective and lead your team to the finish line, all the while recognizing the strengths of each member of your team so each has the opportunity to contribute and shine. Delegating work and relinquishing your grip on every little task will not only make your employees see their own value. It will also release your stress and tension, allowing you to focus more on leading your team to success.

Most importantly, great leaders demonstrate trust and respect for their team. Based on the foundation of trust and respect, great leaders empower their employees to do their best work. What kind of leader are you?