What makes a good leader?
Whether it’s in sport, politics, business, pop bands or surviving a zombie apocalypse, good leadership is key to making any project successful.
The vision and drive that leaders possess will often separate them from their followers, so if you’re looking to lead your way to glory, here are some top tips to consider.
Honesty really is the best policy
Many great leaders may have told fibs along their way to the top, but when those lies are exposed, doubts will suddenly emerge and a gloss tends to be taken off their legacy. If you want those who follow you to have a strong moral compass, then you need to show that you’re in possession of one, too. This is true with most qualities that make an effective leader.
Spread the load
Control freaks may find it virtually impossible to delegate, but a project has far more potential for success if you can hand out tasks to those who are perfectly capable of taking them on. You should be aware of the strengths of those around you and playing to them will be a positive step for everyone.
Keeping it light
While you may be in a deadly serious field, even the most stringent of circumstances can be helped along by an element of humour. No one wants a boss like The Office’s David Brent, and if you try too hard, your humour will fall flat. But a lightness of touch can speak volumes.
Getting the message across
Communicating properly with your team can’t be overestimated. How many times have you come out of meetings knowing less about something than when you first went in? It’s not just the way that you talk to people that counts (and being a good listening is important too), but keeping open lines of communication open are important too: a permanently closed door may also mean a closed mind. And remember, strong communication does not mean shouting your head off (or emailing in FULL CAPS).
Show your commitment
Sometimes actions speak louder than words, so if you are prepared to get hands-on with your project, that will allow your team to see you in a different, and much more agreeable light. Also, even if it’s down in black and white in your contract, should you announce your departure too early, then a sense of destabilisation and edginess may well filter through to your group. After all, if you can no longer convince people that you are devoted to the cause, why should anyone else be?
Who would you pick as the finest leader ever?
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!