Leadership can be a difficult position to be in, so self-reflection is important. Here are a number of questions it is worth asking, to ensure you bring out the best in both your employees and in yourself:
Would I like having myself as my leader?
The golden rule states that you should treat others how you would like to be treated, and nowhere is this more salient than in business. Think about if the situation were reversed – would your best abilities be being brought out? Would you be resentful of your leader? Put yourself in your employees’ shoes and it will do a lot to encourage a compassionate leadership style which will promote a positive work environment.
Am I approachable?
One of the most important things a good leader can be is to be someone who employees feel they can reach out to, for help and guidance. Be friendly and approachable with your employees and regularly encourage them to let you know if they have any questions or need help with anything. Even if they don’t feel the need to approach you, they will undoubtedly appreciate knowing that they can.
What am I hoping to get out of my team?
Whilst most leaders might have the same basic aims, the specific details of what you hope to achieve can vary widely, and this will have a significant impact on your leadership style. If you are looking for followers that will listen to instructions with little room for discussion, it is important to be forceful and to command respect from your employees. However, if you want to create a more informal and collaborative workplace, consider a more informal tone in your communication.
What motivates people?
Any good leader is a good motivator. You must be able to drive your team forward. So, it is important to consider what it is that will encourage your employees to try their best and to focus on this aim as you lead them.
How can I improve?
This is an important question to ask yourself in all areas of life. We all have room for improvement in everything we do, so it is important to always focus on how we can make ourselves better. Think about the areas you struggle with when it comes to leadership, and make a conscious effort to work on these in the future.
It is not necessary to sit down and formally ask yourself these questions on a daily basis, but by having them in the back of your mind, you can become a more reflective and more able leader. For help with leadership consulting or about changing or improving your leadership style, contact Anthony Gregg Partnership today.