Great leaders understand one thing: Being in a position of power is never enough. You have to prove that you are capable of whatever responsibilities that are bestowed upon you. It is true that the journey to senior leadership is not easy. Therefore, becoming a senior leader, especially for a woman, is something to be proud of. Many people assume that you only become a leader when you have attained a certain “desirable” age. However, anyone with the vision and the drive can easily command more than one room. The following tips are some tips you must consider to become a great leader that people have no doubts following:
Leaders take risks daily
It is safe to assume that no one has gone anywhere by playing safe. This applies to a professional in a paramount leadership position. Senior leaders take calculated risks every day. You are the person to decide to do what no one can. Thus, this should be used to any leader’s advantage in an effort to ensure continued growth personally as well as in the organization.
They also listen to sound advice
While being a leader calls for you to show that you are actually capable of that position, understand that you cannot do everything on your own. Some people can become invaluable in your leadership journey including your subordinates. Strong women know that they cannot be strong on their own all the time. Take the time to listen to what smart people have to say, and you might just find that some decisions are much easier with the input of others.
Never lose sight of the vision
Remember to always work toward the vision of the organization. This is the real reason why you have been chosen to lead. Great leaders are not distracted by other self-fueling activities. A focused leader translates to focused employees. Thus, leading by example is the best way for the company to achieve its goals.
Become in sync with the organization’s important stakeholders
Any successful business venture understands that the needs of the customers come first. Therefore, a leader must constantly work toward fulfilling the customers’ needs. Start off by refining customer satisfaction. This is done by working on customer problem areas one by one. This pursuit for customer satisfaction will become part of the organization’s culture in no time.
Seeing the big picture (as well as the small)
Another important skill that great senior leaders possess is the ability to perceive things from both the micro and the macro point. This should be done without neglecting either viewpoint because each level is meant to give more insight to the other. Therefore, with every decision and action to be taken, always make sure that you have the full picture.
Communication is key
Most women have a bad reputation of being too irrational and irritable. Such traits can obviously negatively impact effective communication carried out by a leader. Hence, ideal leaders strive to not be part of the statistics. You can confidently do this by ensuring that your employees understand what you need from them and what you are willing to do. Great communication ensures that both management and employees are on the same page.
Become a role model
While this is somewhat of a cliché, great leaders are great role models and mentors. Develop an admirable character and watch how effective your leadership becomes. Become someone that people can trust, and even in turbulent times, people will have no problem standing by you. Contribute to society, create a sustainable environment and include such aspects as part of your vision.
Finally, do not forget to lead. Be sure to fulfill the responsibilities of your title every day. Thus, use your knowledge, experience and newfound power to elevate the organization as well as yourself.
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