Leads by Example
A good role always has a positive attitude and handles situations calmly and confidently. People don’t listen to leaders that don’t seem confident in themselves. You should provide encouragement even when criticizing. And always be striving to improve yourself and those around you.
You should be proud of yourself no matter what you’ve chosen to do with your life. Even in the face of adversity, you should be confident and pleased with your position in life. People want a leader who is true to themselves, not someone who is faking it.
Be Ready to Communicate with Everyone.
Leading is as much listening as it is talking. People are excited to follow someone who can explain where they are headed and why they’ve chosen that path. Having a consistent message that you believe in is crucial.
Be Respectful and Empathetic.
You could be the smartest person in the room, but if you don’t respect everyone else, you’ll quickly find yourself alone in the corner. Everyone notices if you’re not respectful and compassionate. A great leader is understanding.
Never Stop Learning.
The best role models always learning new things, pushing themselves to leave their comfort zones, and seek new teachers. A jack-of-all-trades will inspire their team to branch out.
Take Responsibility and Admit Mistakes.
If you make a mistake, the worst thing you can do for your team is to pass the blame. By recognizing your mistake, making an apology, accepting accountability and planning a course of correction, you establish a pattern of trust and respect that will permeate throughout your team.
Don’t Just Act This Way. Live This Way.
You should be committed to being the best leader you can be in all aspects of your life. Whether it’s at home with your family, with a charity, or by supporting your friends, this attitude needs to be ubiquitous in your life.