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Leadership checklistLeadership is the act of having things done the right way through the right people. You can also say it is the ability of a person to push a group of people to achieve a given goal. In many cases people tend to confuse a leader and a manager, though the truth is that they both lead a group of people at a certain point.

A leader is someone who gets things done through people, a manager would be looked at as someone who directs the people to do a particular task. A leader provides the picture of how things will be like once the vision is realized.

Leadership is a responsibility because you are the only one directly responsible to ensure that the work gets done. So it is up to you to come up with the ideas of how best the expected result can be achieved.

All the people that you lead will look up to you to get the job done. Remember, it is not just having a group – it is having a group with the necessary skills and ability to do the job. So don’t take the title of a leader as a honor, because the group will do the job once you lead them and, if you don’t, you may end up doing it all by yourself.

For one to be a good leader you need to have a powerhouse of good ideas to implement to your team members. As a leader you should be able to come up with new ideas. One cannot rely on the same ideas over and over again, since this world keeps on changing. What made your people work hard and produce good results yesterday may not do the same today.

You should be capable of motivating and giving inspiration to people. To get the best out of your group or team you need to inspire them. This is one of the hardest things to do, but you can try to do this by simply making the people visualize what it will be like at the end. Tell them about the benefits that will come if the job is done successfully, this will not only inspire them, but also motivate them.

Just know that you are a leader if you are confident and believe in yourself. A leader should be able to listen to the people around them. You cannot always have the best ideas yourself, so when it comes to making the final decision, do it without fear.

You should always be organized and remind yourself of the goals so that you stay focused. It is not magic to be a leader. I came across this old saying that leadership is inborn. Don’t ever swallow that. Leadership is not only for a group of us, everyone can lead. The only thing you need to do is have the interest to lead – because everyone can learn to lead. Leadership is all about having the vision and direction to accomplish a particular task through a group. For more information on leadership and personal development tips, please subscribe to my blog.

Yours sincerely

Annetta Powell
Your Professional Success Coach

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