How To Be Successful In Life – Watch Other Leaders
Learning How To Be A Leader By Looking At Other Leaders
If you want to be a successful leader you should know how to learn from experience, especially from the times when things go wrong. You should not be afraid to admit you have things to learn. Everyone does. Constantly look for ways to acquire more skills and better leadership qualities. Seek feedback on yourself.
Some of the best sources of feedback are from other leaders. After all, they’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt as far as leadership is concerned. Even if they are not the type of leader you want to be, it is always good to seek their advice or watch them in action. If you’re stuck on a project and unsure what to do next, another manager looking at the situation with a fresh pair of eyes may be able to see a potential solution you hadn’t thought of. Never be afraid to ask for that kind of help. You can learn a great deal from looking at more experienced colleagues.
The best leaders always seek opportunities to learn and to use feedback well, learning from their mistakes and being open to criticism. If you’re serious about being a leader, you should be serious about continually wanting to improve yourself. Otherwise, you will sit still and have your skills and qualities stagnate whilst others learn more and more and surpass you as leaders.
What can catapult you from being a leader with the potential to be successful to a high performing leader is creating the conditions where you can learn from the challenges you face, as opposed to being satisfied with simply performing well. Learning from other leaders is a hugely significant part of this process. You will be able to have faith in what you are learning from these other leaders because you know that they have met with at least a certain measure of success and so you should be able to respect what you are learning from them.
Don’t then be put off by thinking ‘yes, but *I* could never do it that way’. You don’t have to adopt another leader’s techniques by rote; in fact – you shouldn’t. If a leadership style is to work for you and thus work for your team, it has to be something you whole-heartedly believe in – a genuine approach to a project that will inspire your team to follow you, not simply a borrowed set of beliefs and behaviours from another manager.
So, in order to become a better leader, certainly look at other leaders to see how they do things. Talk with them about difficulties you may be having, and try out some of the suggestions they make. See how trying something new and approaching something differently might be all that is needed to improve your performance and make you and your project – *and* your team – more successful.
Think actively about these new techniques you could employ, and for the ones that you can see the point of and that you believe to be successful, adapt them to suit your particular leadership style and personality, then adopt them as part of your own personal leadership repetoire.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind