What makes a great leader and manager?
This video by Simon Sinek best explains the key qualities in leadership and management needed to build staff trust. Without these qualities, you cannot lead an organisation to scaleable success. By contrast, a low staff morale breeds poor engagement, higher turnover, system failures and lower patient or customer satisfaction. Look at it this way; your leadership style is the mortar between the bricks that either makes or breaks the house.
I hope you enjoy the video.
How do we measure success?
At some point in time we ask ourselves (and sometimes others) how do we know if we are successful? An important starting point is to define what success means.
Success means different things to different people. The one that resonates with you best defines who you are. Only then can you begin to set goals.
And, if you lead a team this is probably how they see you as well. They will either choose to follow you or not to, because they either believe in who you are and what your vision is, or they don’t.
If they don’t, the culture of your practice or organisation can become very toxic and dysfunctional. No great leader can get out of this rut without some deep soul searching and self-awareness. People smell authenticity from a mile away.
So, what makes a great leader? What makes a great manager?
Here are some key characteristics to reflect on:
- Be a good coach.
- Empower your team and don’t micromanage.
- Express interest in an employee’s success and well-being.
- Be productive and results-oriented.
- Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
- Help your employees with career development.
- Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
- Have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team.
- Have more effective cross-organization collaboration.
- Have stronger decision-making practices from leaders.
We hope you have found these thoughts an opportunity to self-reflect and help make you and others around you a better leader or manager. The end game is to stay focused on the end goal, no matter what happens. Always start with the end in mind.
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