6 Things True Leaders Do (2 min read)

Early in your career, your self-worth is frequently tied to individual accomplishments. You make your mark by being a doer and by delivering results. There are outputs you can point to with pride, and you’re able to leave at the end of the day feeling a sense of accomplishment. If you’re not already a true leader, below are six strategies that you can learn from people who have already made the transition from a doer to a true leader.

1.  Define what success looks like for your team and share it broadly and consistently.

Try writing down your definition of success on a 3×5 card. This will ensure it’s tangible, focused and easy for you and your team to remember.

2. Establish clear expectations for each person and position on your team.

This is an essential part of being a leader, but it is often overlooked. People crave a clear understanding of what is expected of them, especially employees who are new to the company.

3. Make peace with the fact that you can’t know everything.

The most underappreciated aspect of being a leader is that you don’t have to know it all. This should be a relief. The more comfortable you are relying on others and bolstering their areas of expertise, the stronger more and more potent your team will be.

Related: Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer to Entrepreneurs: Firing People Is Part of Your Job

4.  Support your team and colleagues by helping them solve problems.

Running an efficient business requires that your team is able to effectively and confidently solve daily problems that inevitably arise. The greatest gift you can give them is to make it clear you are available to be a steady, calm sounding board.

5.  Ask smart questions that provoke insight and action.

It’s a common instinct to simply tell team members what to do — after all, isn’t that what you’re getting paid for? But don’t underestimate the value of inquiring instead of demanding. By asking open-ended questions, you empower your team to improve existing practices and create innovative solutions.

6.  Eliminate confusion by clearing obstacles.

While it’s not always glamorous, running interference to clear an open path for your team to succeed is a key component of the role. As a leader, part of your job is to anticipate potential problems down the line and create contingency plans so your team is prepared to handle setback as they arise.

Effective leadership is difficult to achieve; it’s hard to let go of your inner doer. However, the more you lean into the above leadership principles, the more value you can bring to your team and organization, the more satisfied you will be with your job and the less you will feel like a fraud.

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51 thoughts on “6 Things True Leaders Do (2 min read)”

  1. Excellent blog. ‘Especially number 3 and the use of open ended questions to unlock the team’s insight. Doubly effective when the team’s ideas are shaped and given rein…and the team is given credit.

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