Becoming a Successful Leader

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." - Jack Welch

Do you have the power to lead other people? The capacity not only to get the job done right, but to guide your team in advancement? These days as managers grow into positions with more responsibility they are faced with wearing multiple hats. Some might include: motivator, educator, leader and disciplinarian.

If you are looking to take your career to the next level in a leadership capacity – here are 3 daily workplace requirements of a leader to take into consideration.

1.    Making Decisions
Leaders either empower their team members to make strategic decisions or they have mastered the technique of reaching a conclusion and making the decision themselves.

2.    Empowering Creative Thinking
Good leaders understand how their team thinks and what it takes to keep them on their toes to think outside of the box.

3.    Providing Feedback
Providing feedback is a win-win situation. It lets the employee know that their leader is paying attention to them and it betters the end result of the task at hand. Not to mention improving the relationship between boss and employee.

Most of us understand that we cannot demonstrate superior leadership skills overnight. It takes time and experience to become a great leader. Take a moment to review the UMass Donahue Institute’s online Leadership Excellence Certificate. It is a nine-week class that provides strong leadership development, best practices in self-awareness and leading with confidence. Register now- classes start May 5th!

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