True leaders must be good role models, knowledgeable in their fields, and worthy of respect. There are many ways to lead, whether it's by taking on a leadership role at work or being the captain of your sports team. Here are some tips to help you excel as a leader in any situation.
1. Be a good role model. To earn respect, it's important to show that you know your stuff. People will respect and listen to you if they know you are knowledgeable in your field.
• Discuss your experience. Without showing off, let your employees understand how long you've been in the business and what you have achieved while you were there. Not only will they have a better understanding of why you're sitting in the boss's chair, but they'll be more excited to be a part of your team and will admire you.
• Act professionally. Though you may be the boss, you should still be cordial to all of your employees, and should meet basic standards of professionalism, such as dressing appropriately, coming to work and meetings on time, and communicating in a professional manner.
2. Be clear about your rules and expectations. Whether you're the CEO of a company or the manager of a team of four people, it's important to make your expectations crystal clear from the beginning.
• Have a code of conduct or a rule book you can point to that shows employees how to act.
• If you're working on a project, your goals and expectations should be clear from the beginning so your employees are motivated, not confused. It is preferable to have your goals down in written form.
• Don't change your instructions in the middle of a project. Though some adjustments in the workplace are necessary, it's important to not only be clear about your expectations, but to also be consistent. If you chance your mind about what you want halfway through a meeting, your employees may not take you seriously.
3. Leave room for input. Though it's important to be firm, you should still leave some room for