What Does it Take to Be a Great Leader?

Dec 14, 2016 | Business and Management

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Business courses place a lot of emphasis on the importance of good leadership. At DGHE this is no different. Whilst we also emphasise the importance of creating efficiencies and boosting the bottom-line, good leadership is one of the most crucial things for success in business. 

Read on to find out our top 8 tips on becoming a better leader. 

 

1. Keep on learning and improving.
Great leaders are constantly learning and trying to improve themselves. There is always something that you can work on or new skill to learn. Keep an open mind to new ideas and possibilities.

2. Find a mentor.
A good leader knows when to ask for help and tries to find the place to go and get it. Finding a trustworthy person who has more experience than you can make a lot of difference to your decision-making.
3. Lead by example.
Leaders need to show, not just tell. If you want your employees to be punctual, make sure you’re there on time -- or even early. If professionalism is a priority, make sure you’re dressed for success and treat everyone you interact with (both in-person and online) with courtesy. Set the tone and your employees will follow it.
4. Communicate effectively.
Communication is a two-way street. Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but they also know the importance of listening.  Communication avoids any misunderstandings that can push the company into unproductive mode. 
5. Make sure that all of your business meetings are productive.
This is for two reasons. Firstly, because it makes sure your team sticks to the point and everybody feels productive. Secondly, as “time is money”, this ensures that you stay on task and are able to implement decisions as soon as possible.
6. Learn from past mistakes.
History is filled with examples of successful businesses and spectacular business failures. Think about what make the people you admire do well and consider what went wrong for those who end their careers in scandal or disgrace. Obviously, remember to learn from your own mistakes too. After all, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a sign of insanity!
7. Have emotional awareness.
Business is ultimately about relationships between people. To make these relationships last, you need to be emotionally intelligent and self-aware. You have to have empathy, be sensitive about others’ opinions and backgrounds.
8. Stay humble! 
A leader shares the spotlight and is comfortable crediting others. Meanwhile, a boss is just a production manager. Being humble takes more confidence than basking in glory. Team-members appreciate and respect leaders who acknowledge others’ accomplishments.