Leadership and The Willingness to Improve One’s Self
“Lead from the front.” It’s a neat sounding phrase. Something people quote before telling anecdotal tales of bad bosses and frustrating drives home. What is it that makes a bad boss so bad and what makes leadership so difficult?
Leadership as viewed by the majority
Leadership, to many, is sitting in a place of comfort while those around them toil. It’s to be a position where they can exert minimal effort while delegating to those of lower rank within their business or whatever entity they function in. While governance over other’s is definitely “leadership”, those under a boss like that will rarely consider them a good leader.
Why people hate their bosses and leadership done right
The reason people don’t champion bosses that live in their offices and issue orders is simple – they lower morale. People don’t like to be told what to do. People especially don’t like to be told what to do by someone they think they work harder than. A good leader knows how to inspire those that work under him or her. You can learn ways to do this at a workshop and seminars for working professionals.
People love to be inspired. Doing this can be difficult, but it’s necessary. An inspired team is a hard-working team. The best way to inspire those under you is to show them how much effort you bring to the workplace. If they know you’re working harder than they are it becomes easy to reconcile your position in the company and it drives them to push harder in efforts to match your success.
Depending on your personality and where you work, different styles of leadership may be appropriate. If you aren’t the type that likes to dictate a collaborative approach may be better. A good leader also understands the people they’re tasked to lead. Those under you are assets and using them incorrectly does little more than hurt your bottom line.
Knowing the personalities and strengths of your team empower you to put them where they’re most useful. You can get the most out of them and maximize their capabilities. This is not only great for them because they can do more and be a better asset, but fantastic for you because resources and time are limited.
The best leaders not only know the strengths of their employees but how to communicate with them. Communication is everything in leadership, so if you hate speaking to people you’re in for a rough time. Luckily, you can improve over time and your team will take notice, improving with you.
Finding your leadership style and getting things done
No one wants to be hated, but no one wants to be useless either. Leadership is difficult. If being a boss was easy, everyone would do it. The mark of a great leader isn’t their individual accolades or salary, however. It’s how well their business is doing and whether or not the employees want to be there.
Google employees don’t quit very often. Why do you think that is? These are individuals that could likely go off on their own or work for any other tech giant, but they stay with Google. This isn’t a mere coincidence. These people love their job.
Their business is successful and their pay is good, but they extend their contracts because leadership has empowered them to be at their best while enjoying work. That is no small task. All leaders and bosses should look to replicate that. Here’s to hoping you do too.