3 Keys to Make Your Mark in Leadership

Many people can hold a leadership position, but it takes a special person and a lot of work to be someone who others respect and enjoy working for and with. Here are three things that help with becoming that person.

Be transparent

Transparency is a vital part of building something of substance that will also last for the years to come. To be transparent, you first have to be honest with yourself: realizing your mistakes and shortcomings, admitting when you need support or advice, and being willing to seek help to maintain your mental and emotional health. Furthermore, transparency involves being open with everyone on your team. For instance, when you interview prospective employees, you need to be upfront about what you’re looking for and clearly define your standards, values and expectations. Finally, you should strive to be transparent with your customers, authentically communicating what your business offers instead of advertising dishonestly just to make more money.

Lead by example

It’s a universal truth that a lot of talk won’t get you far if your actions don’t line up with your words. People look at your life to see if you really practice what you preach. So make it a priority to regularly assess how you’re living up to your convictions. While evaluating your employees, take the opportunity to evaluate yourself and ask others to point out things you’re doing well and ways you could improve. Be sure to consider all the aspects of your job, including communication, organization, interpersonal skills, and time management. This takes a substantial amount of time, effort and humility, so remind yourself of how important it is for you to set the tone for your business with the way you conduct yourself.

Invest in others

When you focus on giving, the spotlight is off of you and you’re ultimately investing in a healthier way to live. Mentoring younger leaders is a great way to get involved in your community and to pay it forward – after all, you’ve probably also benefited from having mentors in your life. Additionally, teaching others what you know helps keep your values at the forefront of your mind and challenges you to evaluate the way you’re running your business. It’s actually quite easy to connect with younger business owners and other entrepreneurs by simply joining groups online or in your area. And don’t forget look around at your own team and ask how you can inspire and encourage the people closest to you.

Leadership is not for the faint of heart, but with these tips you can be well on your way to becoming a truly great leader.

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