April 28, 2017 - Being a leader can be tough. Some people are natural born leaders. However, most of us are not born with the natural ability to lead. Yet even if that is the case, anyone can grow and learn to be a good leader. Being a good leader means projecting confidence from yourself onto your subordinates. At Edcomm Banker's Academy, we offer a vast selection of videos that describe the best practices to develop your leadership skills.
When you think of a leader, what comes to mind? A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause. An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his group to follow. An executive, developing her company's strategy to beat the competition. These are examples of leaders. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to win as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.
One of the best ways to be a good leader is to listen to everyone who you are leading. Be respectful of everyone’s concerns and make a concerted effort to listen to everybody. Make sure to positively reinforce the behaviors that you want to see. In a business setting this could mean going out of your way to praise your employee for showing up promptly for work As a result, the employee may make an effort to be at work on time more often because the employee likes to be praised. In this example, praise acts as the stimulus and is a positive reinforcer for this employee because the employee arrives at work on time more frequently after being praised for showing up to work on time. You will get the results you want more effectively through praise, rather than scolding or disciplining the employee for being late.
Tips for Being a Great Leader
Listen to your employees
Use praise often
Positively reinforce desired behaviors
Be a positive influence for your team. Doing so boosts not only your team’s motivation, but your own as well. Take your leadership skills to the next level by signing up for Edcomm LMS and ask for the Video Library Series.
By: Matt Cohen