There are many articles out there about leadership that claim they have ‘the top five’ or ‘the best’ leadership tips. At CBO we’re not claiming that we have the top five or the best ever tips on leadership, we simply have tips and approaches that have been successful in our experience and have become part of who we are.
Here are a few leadership tips from the CBO team:
We’ve said it before and we will keep saying it. Valuing the people around you will help you determine people’s skills and where they are best placed within your team or organisation. Taking this approach demonstrates the very important statement ‘I value you’ and will encourage people to contribute ideas and provide input into the vision, strategy and future of your team or organisation.
Mark Twain said, ‘I can go a whole month on one sincere compliment.’ A simple ‘well done’ or, even better, encouraging a team member on a specific task they completed or approach they adopted, will go a long way to ensuring you see the best from your team.
Listen to people
Be prepared to listen to those around you. If you are not prepared to listen then you are not interested in learning and improving.
Understand and appreciate that you can and will learn from the people around you and from your team members. If your leadership approach is one of enabling and empowering rather than controlling and commanding then being teachable is an essential asset to have as a leader. Learn from those around you.
If you think you know it all or you’ve ‘got it’, you probably haven’t
This one is simple…If you think you are on the cutting edge, you probably aren’t. If you think you’ve got it, you probably haven’t. If you think you have arrived, you’ve probably missed it. Encouraging and enabling continual improvement starts with accepting that there are always areas that can be improved and innovated upon.