Updated: Dec 12, 2019
Think back to the greatest leaders you’ve ever encountered. Weren’t they all people who you considered to be strong and powerful? Do you ever think about how they became that way? To truly be a leader you have to care enough about your own personal development. Leaders make time for their work responsibilities and make time to do the work to develop themselves. That’s what a true powerful leader does. It's important to understand personal development is not just a one time thing. If you want to be the best leader you can be you have to create new daily habits for yourself.
As a leadership and career coach I work with clients who want to move into leadership but don't know how to start. I want to help and encourage you by giving you the fundamental habits powerful leaders implement to be seen by others as powerful leaders.
Here are the top 5 habits of powerful leaders you can begin taking today!
1) Leaders add value.
Powerful leaders add value to their team, organizations, families, friendships, and even communities. True leaders understand that leadership isn't just about about adding value to their own personal lives but it's also about adding value to the benefit of others. They are given the responsibility to be a leader in order to fulfill a need. Whether it be to help, motivate, or get something done, the leader is not just there to exist, they have a purpose to fulfill. Leaders do this by taking the time to understand and invest in the wants and needs of others, by helping people and organizations accomplish their goals, by manifesting major wins, and ultimately adding value to the lives of others.
2) Leaders connect and lead by example.
There's a difference between being a boss and a leader. When you are truly a leader and not just a boss you are an integral part of the team. Leaders do this when they lead by example. As a leader you can't just have the title of boss and not know and understand what your team goes through or does on a daily basis. When a leader takes the time to understand the ins and outs, and the role and functions of their team members, this is when they can lead by showing the way of how things should be done. They don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. The further removed a leader is from their team the more out of touch they are. This will inevitably make it harder to be seen as a leader, for the leader to make the best decisions, and lead a high performing team. Mahatma Gandhi says "Be the change you want to see in the world." That's what true leaders do.
3) Leaders empower others.
Leadership is about coaching and empowering others to lead, and giving your time to others to grow and develop their leadership potential. A leader will take the time to help their team see their potential through coaching, mentorship, inspiration, and leading by example. If you do this your team will thank and appreciate you. Being by their side will bring you understanding and help you develop their trust. Leaders know that being a leader to others is not just about them, and having the opportunity to lead is an opportunity to inspire and empower. The world needs more good leaders and a powerful leader understands that and does what they can to contribute to the growth of other leaders.
4) Leaders give direction and feedback.
Leaders give direction and feedback continuously so their team always knows how they are performing and what they should be doing in their roles. As a leader you should be able to see and plan ahead for the future. Communicate that plan to your team so they understand the direction of the organization, what role they have in helping to make this happen, and so they can contribute to the team’s success. An important lesson I've learned that can apply to leadership and personal growth is providing feedback to the team on a consistent basis. It's important for a leader to provide feedback to their team so they can improve and have opportunities to grow and do better. If not they will continue to repeat the same mistakes, their growth will be stagnant, and they will get disengaged. Don't hinder your team from growth. Help them improve, be open to the feedback process, and ultimately help your team be the best versions of themselves!
5) Leaders continue learning, growing, and developing themselves and others.
Powerful leaders are intentional about continuing to learn, grow, and develop themselves to raise their level of effectiveness as a leader and as a person. The consistently determine and follow a plan for personal and professional growth and understand it's important to learn today so they can lead even better for tomorrow. They also understand the importance of helping others grow as they continue to grow themselves. True leaders know the importance of continually investing in themselves and others for growth and development. As the leader grows more and more they do their job to ensure they are giving back to others by helping them grow as well. That's true leadership.
If you follow these 5 habits of powerful leaders you will be well on your way to being seen as a powerful leader in your organization and community! Enjoy the journey of leadership and remember it's an honor to lead!
If you want or need leadership coaching let me know and I'd be more than happy and excited to coach and partner with you!