Let’s be frank; being an influential leader is not easy. The likes of an Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, or Vince Lombardi do not come around often. These leaders are all cool, calm, and collected, but vocal, meaningful, and perhaps a bit obsessive when promoting their team. We too should exhibit these attributes when promoting our trade or company. While we know that winning isn’t everything, it is important to stay driven and passionate about what you wish to accomplish within your field to achieve your career goals andensure your organization’s success. It is necessary to put in the extra effort to get ahead in the workforce. That is why we have come up with the following five tips to help you become a better leader as we gear up for 2018.
- Lead by Example
Leaders don’t talk about their successes; they show them. If you want your employees to be on time, make sure that you are punctual, or even early! If professionalism is a priority, make sure that you are dressed for success and set the standard for what you want to see in your staff. Model the way, and your employees will follow.
- Communicate Clearly
Authentic and honest communication is imperative in the office and in life. Influential leaders make sure they are both heard and understood, but realize that it is just as important to listen. As the old saying goes, “the phone works both ways;” it is imperative to make sure that communication works both ways so that your business stays on the straight and narrow, and ahead of the competition.
- Know Your Limits
Almost equally as important as authentic and honest communication is self-awareness and consistency of attitude. Be sure to know your limits; take a deep breathe or take a walk when you need to, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from a co-worker or fellow employee when you need to. Each company is only as strong as their weakest link.
- Be Aware of Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Coinciding with point number three is the importance of knowing your strengths and weaknesses. The reason a coach like Urban Meyer is as successful as he is, is because he surrounds himself with the right coaches and players. It is pivotal to realize your strengths and weaknesses so that you can make the proper hiring decisions and hire the right management and personnel to assist in driving your success.
- Never Stop Growing
Growing,learning, improving, cultivating… it does not matter what adjective you want to use. It only matters that you keep growing. It is definitely a hard thing to do: attending elementary school, middle school, high school, trade school, and/ or college; continuing education is an investment in both time and money, but it is key to personal and professional success. Continuing education can be as simple as taking advantage of that webinar or seminar you saw advertised for in the Ohio Trucking Weekly last week, or reading one more article than you usually do during breakfast. No matter what, don’t stop working to grow, learn, and improve yourself because your organization will benefit also.
“The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi
If you enjoyed this blog, we hope that you will share it with a friend or coworker either by email or social media. Further, if you had a special mentor, peer, or friend come to mind when reading about our Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Leader in 2018, we hope that you will nominate a leader for OTA’s new 2018 feature, OTA Leadership Terminal. OTA Leadership Terminal is our new monthly leadership newsletter in which we will spotlight one special leader from the trucking industry per month and re-share some of your favorite articles from the month.