Selflessness: A Better Way to Lead
Effective leadership is about giving more and demanding less
Some people mistakenly perceive being a leader as simply ordering people around. However, according to several modern-day experts, a leader is someone who guides their team to its objective while supporting everyone along the way. Master these ways to selflessly lead your club, and help maximize your collective potential.
Use your ears
“To lead is to listen,” says Shar McBee, a best-selling author, motivational speaker and member of Fox Talkz Toasmasters club. According to McBee, you should try and understand who your team members are before you lead them. Ask questions and find out what motivates those under your authority, and what they’re looking for in their current role. A good leader will take the time to truly listen to each team member and learn how to help them be successful.
Ask, don’t tell
No one likes to be bossed around; remember this when assigning tasks. “I don’t give orders,” says Toastmasters International President Balraj Arunasalam, who is also a successful businessman and philanthropist. Instead, his advice to leaders is to learn the “art of requesting to get the work done.” Effective leadership should be more about learning how to guide others and promote harmony instead of just being assertive or demanding.
It’s better to give
Being a leader also means making sure your members have the support and resources necessary to succeed. “The more leaders view themselves as facilitators of knowledge and team success, the more effective they become,” says Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach who was also named one of the world’s most influential leadership thinkers. Instead of focusing on how team success can benefit you personally, undertake your duties with a spirit of service to those reporting to you.
Celebrate your team
The best leaders will deflect credit and acknowledge their team’s efforts whenever possible. People truly appreciate when their hard work is singled out, and it will only make them want to continue to perform at a high level. “Recognition doesn’t cost money,” says Goldsmith. “It’s something anyone can do, and it makes a huge difference in people’s lives.”
Take the time to invest in those around you. You might be surprised by what you all can accomplish together!
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