Leading Others – “Whom Do I Lead? – Part II”
Now that we have ourselves sorted out, who is next to be led? No surprises here as it is the people around you – your team, your peers, your boss, and anyone else other than you in your organization. You lead these others in a variety of ways using varying tools and skills.
By using effective communication habits, in both formal and informal settings, you reinforce your messages with supportive mannerisms. You express your ideas in a succinct but logical manner, facilitate open exchanges, solicit feedback, and lean on face-to-face communications whenever possible. You clearly and concisely organize your correspondence and reports.
As a leader, your ability to influence others is a key to achieving outcomes and create change. You both influence and persuade by communicating, directing, coaching, delegating, and following, chosen appropriately. You understand the importance and relevance of professional relationships, develop networks of support, and gain cooperation and commitment from all you serve.
A leader inspires others by demonstrating respect for the power of diversity. By helping create an environment that supports diverse perspectives, approaches and thinking, fairness, and dignity, they demonstrate their sensitivity to individual differences in the workplace. Leaders guide and persuade others to see the value of diversity and a healthy working environment.
Building powerful teams demonstrates a leader’s commitment to recognizing the group process. By encouraging and facilitating cooperation, pride, and trust, leaders build team spirit and motivate others toward the achievement of team goals.
Leaders take care of people by identifying their needs and abilities, expressing confidence in them, and recognizing their efforts. They use rewards systems effectively and fairly, and appropriately resolve personal and professional situations in a positive manner.
Lastly, leaders lead others through the power of mentoring. Using their own experiences and knowledge, they deliberately assist others in developing themselves by providing objective feedback, and identifying professional potential, strengths, and areas for improvement. Leaders seek out mentors themselves and ensure that they lead both up and down.