You’d be hard pressed to find a bookstore that doesn’t sell at least a dozen books on leadershipand developing leadership skills. Despite the various tips and advice, sticking to the basics of becoming a better leader is still the most effective. A common trait among successful leaders is the ability to apply honest, excellent leadership skills in good and bad times because they understand that it is during problematic times that their leadership skills are needed the most; it’s during critical times when people are watching them the most. Moreover, these types of leaders develop other people to become leaders by inspiring them to emulate the strength and unfailing positive attitude they have amidst difficult situations. And you will find a handful of tips that can help you further improve your leadership skills and inspire others to be effective leaders as well.
First among these tips is to refuse to stop learning. You can learn a lot about being an effective leader through various seminars, seminars, books, videos, audio books, etc. You should make it a point to attend trainings and seminars that are hosted by companies that make sure their own leaders and trainers practice what they are teaching. Ask questions, never be afraid to admit that you have to consult someone else if you are not sure about something; this is a way to show humility and desire to learn more not just from fellow leaders, but also from your team members. You also need to make it a point to observe all leaders you come across – both the good leaders and the bad ones. You need to start taking note of all the positive attitudes and behavior you want to emulate and be sure to practice them.
On the other hand, you must also take note of negative behaviors or attitudes displayed by other leaders that you want to avoid doing and make a conscious effort to avoid them particularly during difficult times. Make sure that you are going to jot all of these positive and negative behaviors on a piece of paper and that you will check these notes every other day so you would constantly be reminded of how you should and should not act as a leader. Every successful leader has someone who has mentored him or her to become the leader he or she is. You need to find a leader that you admire and ask him or her to mentor you and guide you towards becoming an effective leader. It is important to keep in mind that having a mentor means you have someone who is going to drive you into working hard and make sure that you are going to achieve your goals of becoming an effective leader and that you will be able to teach others to become effective leaders through example.