How to Be a Leader at Work

Are you ready to take the next step in leadership? To motivate and inspire your team? Want to make a difference at work?

Think of leaders that inspire you. Maybe people like Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, or Ghandi. How about the motivational leaders you have worked for in the past?

What do they all have in common?

Read on to learn six leadership skills an executive life coach recommends for all leaders.

Lead by Example

Inspirational leaders work hard and show appreciation to everyone they meet. They know respect needs to be earned and isn’t automatic because they are in a position of power.

The chameleon effect, where people mimic the behaviours of those around them, causes team members to copy their leader. To encourage positive behaviours in your team, perform those same behaviours and produce your best work.

Include Everyone

A leader in the workplace recognizes diversity and encourages different viewpoints. They seek opinions that differ from their own to enable them to see the bigger picture.

Listen equally to the extroverts and introverts on your team. Support those starting out with the same level of respect and help as those with years of experience.

Make Key Connections

Leaders build connections with their colleagues and peers. They use these relationships to seek advice, learn from others’ experiences, or have them act as a mentor or role model.

Be the leader who surrounds themselves with greatness.

Adopt a Growth Mindset

Great leaders keep an open mind to learning new skills and developing the ones they have. For example, improving communication skills or becoming better at delegating and managing workloads.

Learn from the people you’ve worked with before, or seek management training or executive life coaching.

Add Value

Leaders develop from an individual contributor to a position of influence and looking after others. They do this by learning new skills and taking on more responsibility to further their own goals and the goals of their organization.

As you focus on what’s right for everyone, not just what’s right for you, you will add value to your colleagues and clients.

Be Positive

Positivity and confidence in the workplace are two of the strongest traits you can have as a leader

In times of uncertainty, your team will look to you for guidance. Your positivity will provide the boost they need, create a sense of calm, and reduce the effects of a chaotic workplace.

You may not have the answers to every question, and that’s OK, but you have the skills and the confidence to find them.

Start Your Leadership Journey Today With a Life Coach

Being the leader you want to be is a constant endeavour. A life coach will help you create a realistic and timely plan to overcome your obstacles and achieve success.