The following text came from a post entitled, “5 Ways to Become a Better Leader” on According to Greta (which is now defunct).
“Power isn’t control at all – power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” –Beth Revis
There is generally a misconstrued view of what it means to be a leader. The majority of individuals in leadership positions believe that force, power and authority is what makes a good leader. Yes, you can achieve certain goals using these methods, but there is a goal that will be far from your reach – loyalty.
Being a good leader is about serving others and not about being served. A good leader leads the team from the back because they know that the team is only as strong as its weakest member.
Here are a few tips to assist you to improve your leadership skills:
Being a good leader means being present with the team, not wandering about the whole week attending to other matters and then requesting updates when deadlines arise. Your team will get frustrated when their leader is not present to assist with difficult tasks. Being present does not mean sitting with your team the entire day, but it means being readily available to attend to their requests.
Be Honest and Authentic
Being a good leader means being honest and authentic in your interactions with staff, stakeholders and people who you don’t have an interest in. Your team will appreciate a leader who admits that they make mistakes more than a leader who claims to know it all.
Being a good leader means being in tune with your team’s emotions. Yes there are team members who are overly emotional, but your role is to be sympathetic when real situations occur.
I once witnessed an incident where a colleague asked for leave because she got news that her father passed away; this poor girl had to fly back to the United States to be with her family and all the Manager could think of was who would take up her duties while she was gone. Understand that you are working with other human beings, not robots.
Communicate with Your Team
Being a good leader means being able to effectively listen to your team. Effective communication is a skill that most of us still need to master. Mastering this skill comes best through practice. Try to repeat (in your mind) what the other person said in your own words-that’s the best test of your listening skills.
Being a good leader means being able to delegate tasks as equally as possible. Don’t hand more tasks to somebody because you trust them better to deliver, but rather share tasks equally and support the weaker team members.
Do Not Show Favouritism
Being a good leader means being able to be impartial. I do not dispute that we can have team members that we appreciate more than others, but it is important not to show it to the other team members. Favouritism fosters animosity between team members which later causes a lack of unity.
Motivate Your Team
Being a good leader means being able to inspire those around you. We all feel demotivated at times and it is your job as a leader to lift the spirits of your team. You can motivate them by giving rewards, sending inspirational messages and acknowledging good work.
This post really resonated with me because I think about leadership constantly, especially now.