We started this series yesterday, and we would like to encourage you to carefully and intentionally follow these rules. If you do, you will be amazed at the results you will get, so let’s get to it.
Identify mentors and role models: Find people you want to be like or people you have seen succeed in that area you desire. Follow them closely and learn from them. I am a typical example. I have benefited tremendously and have been shaped positively through my mentors. It was a good thing that they always took out time to listen, attend to and advise me. Your mentors actually go a long way in determining where you go in life. ‘Choose Wisely’.
Interfere only when necessary and know your limits: Avoid interfering except if your delegation could result in a major problem. When you trust your team to do good work, kindly leave them to do it. A great leader teaches well. It is important to know when to talk and when to keep quiet, when to react and when not to react. This is where emotional intelligence comes in.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses: Identify your strengths, hone them, and use them as often as possible. The flip side is to also identify your weaknesses and make significant effort to work on them. It is a fine line to know when to stop channeling all your energies towards working on your weaknesses at the expense of maximizing the potential of your strengths. In other words, you need to learn how best to focus your energies.
Choose your partners carefully: You need to understand that people are different, and have different competences in different areas. They have strengths in different areas. Identify what you need, study properly and work only with people you can count on and trust.
Network: Meet new people all the time. Expose your self to new ideas and opportunities. Always look for every opportunity to network and maintain relationships. One day that person will come in useful to you.
I trust we have been able to learn a few more habits today. Remember, trust your instincts and continually strive for self-improvement. Eventually, through your experience and effort you will be the type of leader most people aspire to be.
Watch out for Part 3…… tomorrow!