If you want your employees to respect your authority, look up to you and be motivated to do their jobs, it is vital to stand out as a true leader in your organization. By adapting certain mindsets, you can position yourself for success at your company and ensure that you have the backing and loyalty of your employees.
By practicing these mindsets and embracing their concepts, you will find that you’re not just acting like a leader, but that you are becoming a true leader. This in turn helps keep you motivated and achieving your own personal goals.
Mindset 1 – Honesty. By practicing total honesty and candor, you will quickly earn the respect of others. This may mean taking an unpopular stand and it certainly means that you won’t be a yes-man or yes-woman. But, people will always know where they stand with you and what you really think. This removes uncertainty when you’re dealing with others. They know you are someone who can be trusted. Just note that there are miles of difference between brutal honesty and tactful honesty. You may be called upon to practice this in a difficult situation and being tactful is always important.
Mindset 2 – Support Others. By supporting and encouraging others, you accomplish the same for yourself. Don’t be afraid to take someone under your wing. Be generous with others, both with your time and your expertise. If someone needs help, offer it to them. This doesn’t mean that you need to take on too much or allow others to coast on your achievements, but it does mean being there for those who need you.
Mindset 3 – Hold Yourself and Others Accountable. Being able to take the blame when you’re at fault, and holding yourself accountable are the key traits of a leader who is respected. It’s not always the easiest road to take, but it is the best road. Accountability comes in many different forms. For example, it is important to hold yourself accountable to meet your own goals within your organization, as well as the goals that are set for you. Once you begin this mindset, you’ll find it’s contagious and other employees will be encouraged to do the same.
Mindset 4 – Practice Empathy. A true leader understands that not everyone has the same abilities and that simple tasks may difficult for some. It is also a vital trait to have if you are in a service industry. Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes will help broaden your own understanding and endear you to others. Empathy is not an ingrained emotion, it is something we learn as we age. If you find it difficult to empathize now, keep practicing and eventually, it will become easier for you.
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