Good leaders do more than just direct others in what to do. A good leader should bring out the best in their team. When you lead others toward their own greatness, you will find they produce more, achieve more and develop more creative ideas.
A leader who is more concerned with their own recognition, with pushing their ideas on others or with taking credit for the work of their team is not bringing out the best in others and could actually sabotage the team’s efforts.
There are many simple things you can do to be sure you are bringing out the best in others, whether you are the leader or following a leader. You can take the initiative at all levels of your career to encourage ideas and build up the confidence of others in order to achieve more, both individually and as part of a group.
One of the best ways to build the confidence of others is to be generous, not necessarily monetarily, but with time and energy. You may be unable to increase a team member’s income, but you can build their self-confidence with praise and support.
When you believe in them, they will be more likely to believe themselves. Even when they make mistakes or stumble, use the errors as a teaching tool to guide them in the direction they need to go.
You may find hidden talent inside someone where you didn’t know that talent existed simply by giving them some time and energy.
Differences Are Beneficial
No two people have the same thinking, working or speaking styles. Talent comes in many packages and just because someone on your team may get results in an unorthodox way does not mean their way is incorrect.
In order to encourage greatness is to see past your own beliefs and accept the other person for who they are, even if their learning or working style is completely different than yours.
Don’t try to mold the other person into your own image, but work within their own methods to achieve goals.
Expect the Best from Others
Unfortunately, life sometimes leads us to expect little from others, even those who are on our team. Sometimes people don’t do what they were supposed to do and, when this occurs often in life, we take a jaded view of whether others will do the same. This can lead you to micromanage a team because you have the feeling they will not do their best and, therefore, the team will not achieve their goals.
Instead, start expecting that those on your team will do their very best and accomplish everything you ask them to do. Studies have found that when we expect people to do great things, they actually do great things.
A quote from Goethe makes it even more clear: “Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.”
In addition to these simple steps to help others achieve greatness, remember to set your own high standards and meet them in order to set an example for others.
You also want to create an atmosphere where a mistake is not a fatal error while also applauding achievements, even if they are small. You will find yourself growing in your leadership role as you build a team that respects you and wants to accomplish tasks that will help them grow in their own roles.
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