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    Some Influencing Strategies of a Great Leader

    23 December 2020

    Strategic leadership is a skill that you can always learn. To become a great leader, one has to embody the characteristics required to be one. A leader’s influence encourages and engages with people to achieve a shared goal. 

     

    Many leaders do not understand the value of employing good strategies to improve their actions for the betterment of the performance of their team. So, we have gathered a few strategies that may help to improve company culture and outcome: 

    LOOK OUT FOR THE “ICEBERG”

    A leader is the captain of the ship who is constantly on the lookout for an iceberg and warns others about it. Not everyone has the ability to look ahead in the future and decide what is best for the company accordingly. A true leader always knows to think ahead before making important decisions. Understanding the impact of a decision on future endeavors and communicating that with the employees is one of the major qualities a great leader needs to possess. 

    UNDERSTAND YOU’RE A PARENT, NOT A BABYSITTER

    A leader is in charge of his employees. Someone who believes he is babysitting his employees and constantly gets annoyed at their mistakes can never be a good leader. One has to allow space for his employees to fail, make mistakes, and learn from them. At the same time, he has to teach them how to be the best in their fields so they can win by themselves, just like a parent does. 

    MAKE YOUR EMPLOYEES FEEL SAFE 

    A safe environment in the workplace is extremely necessary. It is difficult to concentrate on work when you have to look over your shoulder all the time. Thinking about how to get past a previous mistake takes up a lot of time which an employee can use to do something productive. So, as a leader, you need to let our employees know that they are in a safe place to make mistakes and learn from them. Make them feel comfortable so they can share their worries with you. 

    UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WORK FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES, THEY DON’T WORK FOR YOU 

    This is a common mistake that managers often make. They think that being a leader makes them the head of everyone. While as a manager you are responsible for all our employees, you are not over them, rather you are in charge of looking after them. 

     

    As a manager, it is our duty to know what each of our employees wants. Communicating with them and learning what they want from the company is part of our job description. You are no longer someone who executes a task, rather you are in charge of listening, understanding, catering, and caring for the ones who do. 

     

    Being a leader is never easy. It takes a lot of courage and hard work. People say some are born with the ability to be a leader. But I believe you have to work hard on adapting the characteristics of a good leader.