Getting to the Next Level of Leadership

The world is full of so called business leaders who claim to have all the solutions to the problems which there organizations are suffering from. But, most of these leaders fail to achieve the desired results because they happen to be ill or under prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, you as a leader must develop required qualities and capabilities to succeed in all departments of life whether it is your home or office.

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Transition from One Role to An Other:
People mostly find it very difficult to transit from one role to another and same is the true for leaders. You might be a very productive in the role you were previously performing. However, the skills which helped you become a star performer might become counterproductive when you make a transition to a new role.

For instance if you become a supervisor, you would really struggle if you keep on doing things as you did in the past. You need to make personal adjustments and being a manager, should no longer be focusing on completing tasks on time but delegating responsibilities to your subordinates and helping them complete those tasks.

Identify the Requirement of Your New Position:
If you are acquiring a leadership position, you must also understand the requirements of that position. For instance, if you possess high knowledge and competency about your new job, you can adopt a more traditional or directive leadership style. On the contrary, if you have little knowledge and specific competency of the new post you are holing, you must consider developing personal relationships with your team member as you will be relying on them to run the matters smoothly.

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Similarly, there might be situation when you as well as your team have high specific knowledge and competency about the job. In this case, it is better for you to purposefully step back and give more autonomy to the team members to make tough decisions. This will certainly boost their confidence and encourage them to perform better, helping them develop professionally and come together as a team in the process.

Who are the People You are Working with?
In addition to understanding the nature of your job, it is even more important to understand the people you are working with. For example, if you are working with introvert and rational people, the most important messages or hot buttons you can engage them with are integrity, quality and excellence of your services and giving them a sense of superiority.
On the contrary, extrovert and rational people like to beat their enemy, make money and win at any cost. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to determine what the people you are working with want and then engage them accordingly.

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The Lucky Leaders:
The problem with employing traditional leadership techniques is that they hardly work in the modern business environment. However, there is other type of leaders commonly known as “lucky leadership.” They are lucky because wherever they go or whichever position they hold good things happen. However, very few people understand why they produce good results. They always succeed because they have the ability to access and adapt the situation and then act accordingly, one of the biggest traits of true leaders.

On the other hand, there are “hammer leaders” who just want their orders to be followed. This might work on certain occasions but it can considerably damage their interests in the long run. Therefore, it is up to you to decide whether you want to become a lucky leader who always succeed or a hammer leader who ultimately fails.

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