Exemplary Leadership Practices in 5 Easy Steps for Young Leaders
Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior—an observable set of skills and abilities. Leadership is everyone’s business. Leaders must stand for something, believe in something and care about something. Many people fail to recognize the value of leadership. Some don’t recognize its importance. Others believe that leadership is only for a few – for the people at the top of the corporate ladder. Only a few think of themselves as leaders. If they had known that leadership is practical influence and growth, their desire might have been sparked to about the concept of leadership.
Here are the five practices you could master now to become a great leader:
Model the way
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards for excellence and set examples for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and inhibit action, they set short-term goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives.
Inspire a shared vision
Great leaders believe passionately that they can make a difference. They see a vision of the future and in doing so create a compelling image of what the organization can become. They breathe life into the organization’s vision and motivate followers to see exciting future and the possibilities of actualizing the vision.
Challenge the process
Leaders constantly search for opportunities to change the status quo of their organization. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. There’s no vision or goal that is automatic. Every goal is dynamic – they have to be worked upon to achieve it. And for them to be achieved, it takes series of processes and action to actualize.
Encourage team collaboration
Leaders cultivate strong and mutual collaborations with others. They build spirited teams and actively involve others. They understand that mutual respect is what sustain extraordinary efforts. They create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. As Harry A. Overstreet once said: “The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate”.
Reward team effort
To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize the contributions that people make. Great leaders recognize team efforts and celebrate their accomplishments. They make them feel like heroes and apply lots of energy to building the right atmosphere.