I am always trying to improve my leadership and overall people skills so I constantly search out articles, books and podcasts to learn about leadership styles and skills. I really connected with this article called 7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Leadership Skills Overnight. It would be easy to read these truths and see what others do wrong, but to dig deep and see where my strengths and my areas of growth fall is a difficult task to do. If you don’t have time to read the full article (it is short), here are the 7 Truths:
- Good leaders will first pump the fear out of the room.
- Good leadership doesn't happen without trust.
- Good leaders are willing to listen to feedback.
- Good leaders are positive, even when things go bad.
- Good leaders rarely, if ever, procrastinate.
- Good leaders put strict boundaries on themselves.
- The brutal truth is that leadership, in the end, is really about love.
This last one is really the one I connect most with because I do believe it so strongly. The author wrote that you don’t need to like each employee but you must love them all; love in the sense of loyalty, teamwork and respect. I can always improve on this, but I know this is an area of strength of mine as a leader and simply as a human being. I look for the person behind the behaviors and attitude to understand and to care about them and to see them as more than an employee. I have set a couple of concrete goals to strive for after reading his article, but I won’t share the rest of my reflection on my own leadership style and skills since it would be pages and pages long. I will, however, say that my number one belief is that the true measure of my competency as a leader is if my team is successful, and if they feel supported.
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