There is no magic formula to creating a team. As a leader the first thing you need to have is confidence…More of a “quiet confidence” with a hint of the old Kayne West when you need it.
– (Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes. Eleanor Roosevelt)
The next thing you need to do is be genuine in your approach with people, your style and your concern for them as people. Trust is earned it is not a right what comes with leadership.
- Take care of yourself, if you don’t you will not be any good to those around you or the people that you serve or follow. You definitely won’t be any good to the people that you lead.
- Servant leadership is important. (It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt)
- Know your people and at least one thing personal about them. No matter how “thick skinned” they are we are all human and wish to be treated as such.
- Respect individuals of all ranks and positions. You never know who you may need one day. Being a jerk at that moment may come back to bite you later on. (No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt)
- Wake up every day ready to take on the world. If you don’t feel this way it is normal, but you have to go back and find that thing or person that drives you and remember it is no longer about you, it is about the people that believe in you and those that have or are willing to invest in you. Most importantly this journey is about the people God has given you to take care of.
- Remember there is a difference between a leader and a manager. Once you learn the difference your expectations of others will change, and it will make things easier for all parties involved.
- Know the difference between a coach and a Mentor…A mentor can assist with things that you have no experience with or may need a little help along the way. A coach helps you use what you already have inside of you to become greater!
- Communication is key. If you are doing all of the talking, I am sure you are missing out on great ideas, lessons and wisdom. Learning when your advice/opinion is needed and valued and when people just need to vent is a learned skill. Sometimes when you sit and listen, people can figure it all out on their own.
- No one is going take care of you or your career or your employee’s career better than you. Assist where you can but hold people accountable.
- Your leadership style is who you are and not everyone will agree with it. THAT IS PERFECTLY OKAY! At the end of the day know that you have to live with the decision(s) that you make. It is good to get advice, but you have to be able to sleep at night with the decision(s) that you make. It won’t be easy and sometimes you will feel like you are by yourself but when the right decision is made it will all work out in the end.
- Know your weaknesses and own up to them. Everyone isn’t good at everything.
- Mistakes will definitely be made by you and your employees. The key is to learn and grow from them and do your best not to repeat them.
The tips I have shared are not an all-inclusive list on what I learned over the years, but I know for sure they have worked for me.
Sis, you have everything that you need in order to take this leadership journey that God has been preparing you for. Walk tall in your confidence, straighten your crown, and love who you are as a person and leader and smash your career goals.
Your time is now!