Lessons Every Leader Should Learn | Nikolas Onoufriadis
Nikolas Onoufriadis on lessons that every leader should learn.
Everyone wants to be in a leadership position in their company. However, it can be overwhelming and intimidating at first. Like with any other job position, people have to try a few things before finally getting the hang of their leadership position. Some of the lessons that could help leaders feel more comfortable and capable in their positions include:
Leaders are supposed to help people grow
Most of the employees in organizations look up to leaders to help them grow by mentoring them or constructive criticism. That makes them feel more appreciated, which results in more employee satisfaction and productivity.
Successful leaders can adapt to any situation
Flexing and adapting to any situation in the organization is one of the main things successful leaders must learn. That makes it easier for them to identify an issue, know what they need to do, and make the necessary changes to make the required changes.
Leadership is about other people in the organization
Leadership is not only about the leader but the people they lead. When measuring leaders’ successes, people mainly don’t focus on what the leader did but on what the employees achieved under their leadership. The more leaders focus on their employees’ development and help them reach their full potential, the more success they gain.
While leadership is about helping other people in the organization grow, leaders first have to know themselves. That means being aware of how they show up and what they convey energetically, emotionally, and intellectually. Employees mostly follow what their leaders do, so leaders should be what they want their employees to be.
Leaders aren’t always the smartest ones in the organization
While knowledge and skill are the key reasons people get leadership positions, leaders are not always the smartest. Therefore, leaders should always listen to their juniors’ ideas and ask for help when needed.
Great leaders are transparent
Everyone makes mistakes, but what distinguishes a great leader is the ability to admit their wrongs and apologies. This helps create a stronger relationship with the employees and reduces their stress of trying to be perfect.
Leaders should listen to their employees
Apart from their ideas, leaders should listen to and resect feedback from front-line employees. Usually, these employees are the ones who know the issues the organization is facing because they are the ones who interact with customers. Therefore, they should be given equal chances to speak their mind and get the same respect as top employees.
Great leaders should treat the employees how they want to be treated before getting the leadership position. They should not take that as an opportunity to impose their will and view themselves above everyone.
About Nikolas Onoufriadis
Nikolas Onoufriadis is a native Greek who is currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the things that sets Nikolas apart from the crowd is his genuine knowledge and understanding of balancing work and self-care. A skilled businessman and conversationalist, Nikolas has conducted business in more than 10 countries in the last 15 years. He's fluent in Greek and English, and conversant in Spanish and German, no doubt helping him during business negotiations.
Nikolas constantly goes above and beyond in whatever he's doing. He not only got his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, but also got another Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard, making the Dean's list in both places.
Currently, Nikolas Onoufriadis is the Founder and Managing Director of his own consulting firm, Power2U Consulting. Founded in 2015, Power2U Consulting is a business that specializes in management and business consulting, as well as government relations. Nikolas wanted to put the skills that he learned throughout college and his extensive career to work, employing leadership, strategy, management, communication practices, and business growth to the company. Power2U has been successful in tackling complex issues throughout the United States, as well as several countries in Europe, the CIS, and the Middle East. Because of the work that he's doing, Nikolas has not only met with Heads of State, political dignitaries and prominent businessmen, but also gained experiences that he wouldn't have had otherwise by facilitating government and business meetings, participating in critical discussions and negotiations, and organizing targeted events and fundraisers. To learn more about Nikolas Onoufriadis, be sure to visit his websites!