5 Tips That Will Make you a Better Leader

January 28, 2013

If you’ve ever led people, you’ve had these questions:

  1. How do you motivate people?
  2. What’s the right attitude for a leader to have?
  3. What will make you appear like a leader?
  4. How can you inspire people?
  5. How do you create change?

 

Eric Barker attempted to answer these questions in one of his latest blog posts… here is a quick summary:

1) How do you motivate people?

What’s the biggest motivator? Progress.

facilitating progress is the most effective way for managers to influence inner work life.”

 

2) What’s the right attitude for a leader to have?

The best leaders are supportive, not controlling, even in the military:

“In the U.S. Navy, researchers found, annual prizes for efficiency and preparedness are far more frequently awarded to squadrons whose commanding officers are openly encouraging.”

 

3) What will make you appear like a leader?

Yes, appearances matter. To be perceived as a leader, speak first. Speak confidently. Speak often.

“…group leaders proved to be no more competent than anyone else. They became leaders by force of personality rather than strength of ability.”

 

4) How can you inspire people?

Remind them why their jobs are important.

“…workers often fail to live up to their potential because they’ve lost track of the significance and meaningfulness of their own jobs.”

What magic do both the speeches of Martin Luther King and the marketing of Apple have that move us to believe and act?

People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it… Start with “Why.”

 

 

5) How do you create change?

Leadership isn’t just systems and directions. Emotions are key. What strategies really improve companies?

…the core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people, and behavior change happens in highly successful situations mostly by speaking to people’s feelings.”

 

 

This post is inspired by Eric Barker’s post on better leadership, which offers a rich collection of articles  research, and anecdotes. For more on the topic, read “5 tips for being a better leader

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