Leaders can entrust their teams with responsibilities when they communicate goals, are decisive, build two-way relationships and reward success, writes professor and consultant Jonathan Dapra. “How can you expect your associates to bring their A-game to work each day when you are doing anything less?” he writes.
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The road to great leadership is filled with many turns. At each intersection, your role changes. So do the capabilities required to be successful. The first, most pronounced turn in your journey as a leader comes with a role change from doer to leader.
You may be the owner of a small business that has begun to grow. You could be a standout professional in a large company that has started to climb the organizational ladder. Whoever you are and however you arrived at this point, much of the road you have traveled was driven by your ability to exceed expectations with individual contributions to a company plan.
Now your role has changed. It is no longer all about how you individually contribute to business results. It is about the business result you achieve through those with whom you work.
The Turn in the Leadership Road
Most new leaders recognize that shifting from doer to leader requires you to become a better delegator — you certainly cannot do everything. But outstanding leadership is more than delegation. The best leaders accelerate into this turn with a new mindset. They recognize they must organize, motivate and empower others. At the same time, their decision-making must be notable and effective, ensuring their team maximizes results.
Are you at this turn in the leadership road? If you are, then you know your role is no longer about what you do each day. Your continued achievement relies on the collective efforts of the team you lead. Begin by using these five success factors known to exponentially improve your leadership impact.
1. Create Your Vision and Share It
Leaders must know where they want to go: What will we achieve? How will we do this? When will we accomplish our goals? Envision the future you want to create and understand what you and your team need to do to bring it to reality. The vision is a road map. Collaborate with your new associates to finalize the vision. They bring unique perspectives that make the plan more complete. More importantly, their engagement is likely to result in greater buy-in and commitment to the cause.
2. Build Mutually Beneficial Relationships
If you want your team to be successful, start on day one with a goal to build professional relationships. Encourage trust across the team. Build loyalty to each other and the plan. Communicate your belief in their abilities and that you are relying on them to succeed (for themselves and the team). Leaders who establish sincere, mutually respectful relationships among their associates develop a loyalty that will help their team achieve any task it undertakes.