To some people, leadership comes naturally. They are born with it; they grew up with great leaders, it is in their genetics, etc. To others, it has to be studied. There are also people who had natural leadership skills in the beginning and then deteriorated over time due to influences around them. If you are the last two, these tips will be invaluable to you.

7 Ways to Become a Proactive Leader

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1. Surround Yourself with Right People

As much as possible, be around only the people who inspire you to be the best that you can be. They should be like-minded people who make you feel good about yourself and life. They should be positive people. You know that a person is great if you feel light after talking to them. If a person makes you gloomy even on a sunny day, it’s time to disconnect with them.

2. Be Honest and Humble

Be honest with yourself and with everyone. No matter how far up you go, always remain humble. Being honest and humble will keep you in tune with reality and focused. Being these things will keep you always at the ready to solve problems because it is hard to solve problems when you are distracted by what others think and when you are having delusions of grandeur.

3. Make Long Term Goals

Make goals that truly matter. For example, increasing your savings. Make goals that you will be happy about in the future. Imagine yourself being old in the future. What will your old, future self-think of your current self and the goals that you are working towards? Make sure that your goals will make your future self-proud. Don’t make goals like drinking the most beer in the bar.

4. Must Possess Effective Communication Skills

You must possess effective communication skills to make others understand what you want as a leader. They will also understand your intentions. Understanding is the first step to good teamwork, and being a good leader means leading a good team. You can use language and visual arts to garner business leads by having the ability to communicate effectively. Good communication makes humans cooperate in peace.

5. Take Responsibilities

Take responsibility for the situation, even when it is a failure. Taking responsibility means you are catching the whole situation to keep it from falling altogether, and fixing it to get it going the right way again. Do not run away, and do not blame someone else. Even if it is not your fault, letting it get worse makes the next bad result partly your fault.

6. Identify Team Member’s Abilities

Know your team members and know their strengths and weaknesses. Assign each of them to particular tasks depending on their skills, so that your whole team will be functioning as a whole and being strong. It is like assigning different singers with different singing capabilities to different parts of the choir, or the people who play different instruments in an orchestra. You will balance each other’s’ abilities.

7. Inspire Other

Lead by example. Do your part as the leader and let your team members know that everyone has a part to be done in this work. Also, enjoy what you do. Fill the workplace with positive vibes, and raise the spirits of any dispirited team member. Help them see work as an opportunity, and not as a punishment. Inspire other leaders. Be the light, and not the shadow.

Being a good leader takes a lot of learning. It also takes a lot of practice. It takes hard work that you have to commit to for the rest of your life. The tips above are ways that you can turn into habits. It is easier to do once it becomes a habit. What used to be a challenge becomes a routine.

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