As a leader, it is understandable for you to be a bit fearful. You have a huge responsibility in your hands and you don’t want to mess things up. There are also a lot of people looking up to you for guidance. Add to that the pressure that comes with the idea of succeeding or failing in your business endeavors.
You can’t let these fears prevent you from doing well as a leader though. You have to make sure that you keep doing the right thing. Here are some of the actions brave leaders should do even if they are scary or seemingly impossible.
Whether it is a constructive criticism or just plain criticism, you have to accept it. This is a mark of a true leader. You should not fear what others would say about you. It is better to hear the truth right away than learn it when everything is too late. You can take them with a grain of salt. Just be open to the idea of listening to criticisms and invite a culture of openness without necessarily feeling bad about what was said.
Try what other employees are doing
Just because you are on top of the company does not mean you should just pass everything to your employees. Yes, delegation of task is a good thing. However, you should also try to do what regular employees do every now and then. You just need to have an idea about what they do so you will understand the difficulty that comes with it. This does not make you less of a leader. Instead, it allows you to be more humble and grounded.
The key to success in every business is trust. You just need to trust that they will do the job well. It is good to know what others are doing, but you don’t have to dig every aspect of their job. Micromanaging will let you know the details at some point, but could also lead to a failure of the bigger project. Before you know it, everything has already fallen apart. Besides, you want them to do well on their own. They will just be more reliant on you if you keep micromanaging.
You will hear advice that leaders should remain tough and strong. They can’t show their weakness. This is a big mistake. You have to learn how to be vulnerable and admit mistakes when you can. Accepting mistakes will also allow others to understand what you have gone through. Being soft does not mean you are a bad leader. It only means that you allow your humanity to be seen. This also comes with the idea of being nicer to the people you deal with. Allow them to freely meet you and speak with you. Go to their parties when invited. It is easier to get their trust this way.
Great leaders are not afraid of anything, especially doing things that are quite risky. Even if you fail, ultimately, you will just get better.
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