What comes to mind when you think of the word “leader”? Many people ask… What are the secrets to becoming a leader? The answer is that with the correct principles, motivation, and support, anyone can be a leader. Many successful leaders began their journey as ordinary people; they had to experience life’s ups and downs and learn the art to lead the hard way. In this post, I will share some valuable and practical tips on becoming a leader.

Earning Trust

Surprisingly, many studies reveal that employees tend to trust strangers rather than their managers or bosses. Though we do not know if this is a fact, we cannot argue that earning a person’s trust is one of the most challenging tasks, particularly if they have had a bad experience in the past. Moreover, it will take some time and effort. 

To earn trust, whether, with your employees, students, or followers, you must first share some experiences before they start opening up to you. It would help if you worked towards building this trust with your team, and by doing so will create a culture that nurtures honesty, fairness, and respect. 

Handling Stress & Pressure

Facing a challenging situation and making hard but good decisions at the right time is one of the core duties of a leader. Successful handling of pressure and stress can only be possible if you have a high level of patience that makes you resilient in the worst possible conditions. Choosing between the two best candidates for a position, firing an employee, or giving a transfer letter to a team member with a performance gap, are some of the most complex decisions a leader has to make. Experience will help craft the art of handling stressful situations effectively to ensure you become a better leader.

Handling Difficult People

If you are a true leader, you believe in guiding and mentoring all types of individuals, including; difficult people, instead of trying to control or punish them. Being a leader does not simply grant that people will like you first. You have to learn the art of managing different types of personalities, especially the ones who do not share the values you have set forth with the business or necessarily like you as a person. Leaders do not try to avoid conflict; instead, they deal with such situations head-on and learn to communicate effectively and clearly with everyone. 

Employees can sometimes be difficult and will not take direction well; this can be an essential source of learning and education. They may be motivated with a passion for making a broader impact than you may realize. They could hold a different perspective or an idea for a new approach that can add value to the company. Do not miss an opportunity to learn from someone who disagrees with you.

Becoming a Role Model

You become a leader when you lead by example. You will serve as a role model for others. Influence makes for one of the critical elements of transformational leadership. Transformational leaders show the characteristics and behaviors that set an example and encourage others to adopt the same. They work hand in hand with their team and keep open communication. They are inspiring, creative and delegate powers effectively. Thus, the employees or groups will look up to them and adopt these behaviors. Leaders foster a belief and then transmit inspiration to their followers. Thus, the people will remain optimistic and adopt a higher standard of performance and achievement.

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