5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

 In Leadership, Workplace Culture & Employer Brand

Brace yourself for a harsh truth.

If you don’t approach each day with great leadership habits, no one’s going to see you as a great leader.

Seriously.

Many leaders don’t completely understand this at first.

So, they lead their teams with no clear direction.

No clear approach.

No straightforward process.

Can you guess how many employees are engaged and productive with those types of leaders?

Not many.

Sure, daily habits aren’t the ONLY thing to consider as far as your leadership style and approach.

But habits ARE 100% necessary if you want a team that achieves goals.

Author and entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said, “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

So today, I’m going to cover 5 daily habits of great leaders and how to put them into practice.

1. Act with courage

Since ancient times, people have looked up to those who have courage.

Whether it’s bravery to try a new approach, take responsibility for an error, or make a difficult decision, great leaders are courageous and don’t shy away from difficulty.

Courage is what allows them to make the leap from average to incredible.

How can you put courage into practice? Be a little more bold in your next decision, conversation, or business opportunity.

2. Practice generosity

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit,” explains John Maxwell, author and leadership coach.

Great leaders give praise and encouragement where it is due. They lift their team up and make them feel valued.

Rather than taking the spotlight, they put their team in the spotlight.

How can you put generosity into practice? At an upcoming meeting, recognise team members and other contributions that have been particularly impressive.

3. Create an atmosphere of openness

As Travis Bradberry shares in a recent Forbes article, “Great leaders make it clear that they welcome challenges, criticism, and viewpoints other than their own. They know that an environment where people are afraid to speak up, offer insight, and ask good questions is destined for failure.”

Many of the best ideas and businesses were lead by people who were approachable. They welcomed new perspectives and ideas in order to create something truly exceptional.

How to put openness into practice? Seek input from team members on projects and processes. Encourage (and ask for) the sharing of various perspectives and answers.

4. Focus on solutions

Instead of finding blame, great leaders are focused on solutions.

Their energy is spent on “what can be done” vs. “what should have been done.”

While they hold people accountable, they also realise that mistakes happen.

But instead of being weighed down by errors or mishaps in judgement, they seek solutions in a positive, forward-facing fashion.

How can you focus on solutions? Instead of spending time discussing errors or problems, tilt the conversation toward what can be done to resolve the situation.

5. Build trust

Without trust, you’re missing the power of collaboration.

Trust transforms a group of people into a team.

Delivering on promises, acting consistently, and showing concern for employees are simple ways to build trust.

How can you put trust into practice? Show that you follow-through exactly as you say. Be consistent to your word.

If you’re ready to take action and become the best leader you can be, download this month’s Leadership Compass Worksheet.

This isn’t surface level stuff. Inside the document you’ll challenge yourself to find the precise leadership strategies that will help drive you and your team forward.

 

Any questions?

If you have questions on this topic or any others, feel free to reach me by email or set up a free one-on-one consultation session, or drop me a comment below.

Thanks for sharing!

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