Are you a contemporary leader or stuck in the dark ages?

Posted by Roxanne Chugg
“True leaders don’t create followers... They create more leaders!”

Over the past twenty one years I have worked with, coached and trained many leaders.  During this time I’ve observed some common practices from inspiring leaders.  Truly inspiring leaders:

  1. Are energetic and enthusiastic
  2. Create a clear vision
  3. Build responsibility and accountability into their team
  4. Create a collaborative approach to working and communicate effectively
  5. Role model desired behaviour
  6. Are open to new ideas and learn from mistakes
  7. Give credit for and recognise and reward success
  8. Have a strong self awareness and interpersonal skills
  9. Develops others and address performance issues proactively
  10. Care about their people as much as their people’s performance

Conversely I have seen some leaders who need to work to improve their style of leadership as they:

  1. Paint a vague or ever-changing picture of the future
  2. Tell their teams how to achieve their goals.  Keep the plan close to their chest in case they want to change it
  3. Leave the team in the dark about progress to maintain control over consequences and rewards
  4. Talk about values and behaviours but make decisions in conflict with these behaviours
  5. Look for people doing something wrong and punish them
  6. Fail to deal with performance issues and have the difficult conversations
  7. Fail to understand the impact their leadership style has on others
  8. Take personal credit for team successes
  9. View team members as interchangeable parts to the business machine
  10. Care about results only

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more do more and become more, you are a leader."

John Quincy Adams

Take some time to evaluate and understand your leadership style and put plans in place to improve and develop your leadership skills over the coming year.