Simple Strategies to become a Successful Leader

 

What does it take to become a successful leader, whether it be in business, in your relationship circle, or even life in general? First and foremost you must be likeable in the eyes of those that consider you their leader, and the following simple strategies will help you establish exactly that. These strategies are characteristic to many successful business leaders, and with some practice and implementation, you can be well on your way to successful leadership.

 

1. Listen

People like to be heard. It’s as simple as that. By actively listening to others, whether it be a colleague, customer, or employee, you will gain their trust and respect, and further, you will undoubtedly come across valuable new ideas and perspectives.

 

2. Tell stories

Telling stories is a simple yet effective way to sell your products and ideas. You will engage your audience and inspire them to take action.

 

3. Be authentic

Every great leader acts only as themselves. They do not hide behind a curtain of lies, putting on a façade to hide their weaknesses. Being open and honesty, and showing humility go a long way to earn the respect of others.

 

4. Transparency

This is especially important in the modern age, as the virtual world is bound to expose any and all secrets. Being transparent will lead to better customer/colleague satisfaction, and also personal satisfaction, allowing you to rest easy without the stress of hiding something.

 

5. Team Playing

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” – U.S. S.E.A.L. motto

In accordance with the Law of Increasing Returns, every team member you include in your process will contribute in a positive way to your mission. Find the right place for each member and the results will compound favorably.

 

6. Respond

In a similar fashion to listening, responding to someone shows you took the time to consider them and care about their thoughts. Showing this respect to others will encourage them to further make a positive impact in your world.

 

7. Be Adaptive

The world is changing at an accelerating rate, and many of our tried methods or technologies can abruptly become irrelevant. Great leaders are willing to change gears equally as abruptly in order to maintain productivity and efficiency.

 

8. Stay Simple!

With the world as complex as it is, breaking something down to a few simple ideas is extremely effective when communicating and selling your product/ideas. Don’t underestimate the power of simplicity!