Being a Good Leader
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Being a Good Leader
Andy Hornby, Member, CEO, United Kingdom
Being a good leader is important for the success of a company and the board. People need to believe in their leader and what the company is trying to achieve so that everyone is working towards the same goal, this helps set a level of expectation whereby everyone knows what they need to achieve so that the next person or team can achieve their goal so that collectively the company can achieve their ultimate goal.
The most successful environments are those that are structured, with influences from all board members so that different areas and ideas are considered for the bigger picture. With the most successful boards having a variety of influences.
Communication for leadership is key, not only being able to verbally communicate your point or that of the companies but also that people feel comfortable and are able to approach their leader knowing that their opinion is valued and will be considered. This process allows for feedback at all stages enabling concerns to be raised if/when they arise.
Being a motivator is key to being a good leader, encouraging and showing enthusiasm so that you get the best from your team is important. This can make or break an idea and with the right support and commitment people will take an idea through and create something successful.
Being a leader doesn’t mean that you have to make all the decisions on your own as mentioned above being a good communicator will bring the best out in people and this can lead to some great ideas, that may be as a leader you don’t see because you are not involved in this area on a day to day basis. This level of idea sharing, understanding and creativity can help a company run smoothly and deal with any problems as and when they arise quickly and effectively, likewise make any improvements quickly and efficiently as you know your team will support the decision.
Understanding your company, how it works, how its employees work and how to get the best from all of the above is a good starting point. As mentioned idea sharing can create a sense of team even in a big organisation and knowing that as a company you are approachable stop problems or concerns before they become a larger problem.
Everyones management style is different and everyones job will entail different parts but understanding what factors can help make a good leader is an important step in becoming a good leader. This helps you analysis your own management style find areas where you think you could improve and make a better leader. Everyone ultimately wants the same goal and that is for their company to be a success and with effective leadership, defined goals your company will be well on its way to being a success.
Ultimately being a good leader comes down to the leader and how they come across as a leader, everyone would like to be a good leader understanding their company, their employees and their market to get the best for everyone.
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