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5 Ways to Be A Better Leader

How To Be A Better Leader?

By Berina KaricPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

In any organization, there are leaders and then there are followers. And being a leader doesn't necessarily mean you have an official title within the company. It's more about how people perceive you as someone who guides them through challenges or opportunities they might be having at work or outside of it.

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1. Be proactive

One difference between a leader and a follower is that whereas followers wait for instructions, leaders go ahead even without them. Don't be afraid of taking the reins or doing things your way because if you fail, so what? You've tried something out of the box rather than just following orders.

2. Be confident

You're not always going to be successful at everything you try, but that's alright. People will look up to you for your willingness to take risks and accomplish something against the odds just like how people applaud sports stars who overcome their physical disabilities to make it in their league.

3. Be outspoken

A good leader knows what he wants despite being fair about others' opinions or ideas. Sometimes, leaders present their ideas for discussion because they know others have good ideas too. But when the time comes where you have to make a decision, do so firmly and with confidence.

4. Don't be afraid of criticism

Remember that even if you're not successful at something your way, it doesn't mean that your way is wrong. It might be that the method you're using isn't working or it might be that there are other people in your company who can do it better. Take criticism positively, but don't let others' opinions force you to make decisions you don't want to make.

5. Remember work/life balance

There's nothing wrong with having hobbies outside of work, treating yourself every now and then, or taking some time for your family. As long as you can give more than 100% at work when it's needed, people are going to respect you because they know that sometimes life has to come first.

Most leaders consider themselves highly capable, which makes it even harder when they need to ask for support. But requesting help from others will always be one of the best ways to become a better leader. If you’re feeling stuck, seek out a mentor or hire a coach. Eventually, you’ll not only become better at your job, but also be able to communicate more effectively.

Good leaders make everything they do look easy. But in reality, many of them have to work hard to manage or compensate for potentially career-limiting traits. Identifying which traits are holding you back will help you to learn how to be professional in a way that is most effective.

Also, the greatest and strongest leaders know they’re only as good as the teams around them, so they put tremendous emphasis on coaching and supporting their people, helping them grow. A leader will always be effective when he is surrounded by people who are more capable than himself.

The best leaders know they can be even better leaders and they do everything they can to improve. So try to take a look at yourself from an outside perspective and see what you can do better.

There are a lot of good leaders but there aren’t many great leaders, so don’t be afraid of trying something new or going beyond your current limits in order to become one of them.

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