Setting the Standard as a Leader

Some people choose a leadership role or create one when they start a company. Some are asked to supervise, while others are placed in charge with little choice in the decision. Some are just natural leaders who influence others – even though they have no official title. No matter how you find yourself in this position of power, you are a leader of people. You influence others. And with influence comes the responsibility to do what’s best for the organization and the people you lead. Others look to you to set the standard. They rightfully assume that your behavior is the example they should follow … that what you pay attention to is what they should focus on as well.

Here are a few things that you can and should do to set the proper tone (and standards) for your work group

  • Avoid skepticism – keep an optimistic outlook.
  • Don’t pass the buck – take responsibility for ALL aspects of your job and leadership role.
  • Own your mistakes – admit to them, fix them, and learn from them.
  • Follow the rules – know your organization’s guidelines and the law … and follow them to the letter.
  • Be credible – honor promises, commitments, and confidentiality.
  • Celebrate successes – do right by those who DO RIGHT.
  • Listen – always make an effort to hear and understand what others have to say.

Now comes the big question to ponder: If we polled all of the members of your work group, would they say that the behaviors listed above are things they’re learning from YOU?

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