Strategic leadership is about doing the right thing for the company and its employees, but first, leaders must be aware of what the right thing to do is. Leading a business can be a huge undertaking. Pitfalls occur when a leader isn’t fully aware, prepared, or equipped to make wise decisions.
If you’re a leader, ask yourself: are you leading or manipulating? If you worked your way up, do you believe that you are done learning and growing? These might be hard questions to answer, but strong leadership begins with strong introspection. Pitfalls can happen in any position, but the pressure to avoid pitfalls as a leader are high. ActionCOACH exists to help their clients achieve their personal dreams through the success of their business. In addition to the programs ActionCOACH offers, here is fool-proof, research based insight on how to be a better leader.
How to Avoid Fear of Failure as a Leader
Fear of failure can be a huge pitfall for new and even seasoned leaders, but failures don’t have to be as bad as they seem. Approach failures with positivity and look at the good outcomes instead of festering over the negative consequences. View every failure as a learning experience. Take the good from each outcome even if it’s something small.
Avoid analysis paralysis. Spend time talking and thinking with your core team about wise decisions for your business, and then do them. If something fails, you can quickly adapt and go on to the next thing until you find what works and relax knowing that everything usually works out for the best.
Take your own life, for example. When you look back on your past, you can see that even though there were ups and downs, things have worked out. Take the same approach with your position at your company as a leader, executive, owner, or otherwise and adopt the same attitude. Everything will work out!
Be resilient! Don’t allow failure to have as much power over you and your personal and professional decisions. It may sound counterproductive, but by becoming more comfortable with failure, it will have less power over you and will not hold you or your company back. The good news is that everyone has encountered failure before, so you aren’t alone. If and when you encounter failure, practice resiliency so you can bounce back quickly and be ready to move on.
Lastly, lead with faith instead of fear, and watch what your organization and employees start to accomplish. When you believe in yourself, the company, and employees, good things will come.
The Power of Positive Thinking
Being a good leader entails many characteristics such as self-discipline, organizational skills, and excellent listening and communication skills, but to be truly great, a leader must be positive. Positivity will encourage and inspire and influence your team to also be great.
Positive leaders can build great relationships and teams. Positive leaders, more than anyone, can create a unified team with one plan that cohesively works towards the same goals, vision, and purpose.
It’s important to connect with each person on your team. For larger companies, connecting with each individual might not be possible. In that case, it is important to put in place a system where smaller teams can connect with each other and still cohesively work together towards the same goals. The stronger those connections are, the stronger the team is.
When teams break down, it is because good relationships weren’t established and there wasn’t clear communication. When great relationships and communication practices are established, your employees will be loyal to the company and genuinely excited about coming to work because they feel truly valued.
Love also plays a part in a connected and inspired workforce. So much time is spent at work and with co-workers. How much more productive and connected would your team be if they knew their leaders loved working with them? Create deeper and more positive relationships to build a great culture.
Yes, positivity is absolutely a mindset, but it should transfer into your actions as well. How can you, as a leader, invest in relationships with employees to enable them to be their best so they can help the team be the best? Invest in your employees and they will invest in you and the company.
The research is clear. While positivity can definitely transform your organization, it can also help you live longer since higher optimism can directly impact our biological system. You will truly go far personally and professionally by smiling more, being resilient, and changing your perspective from the glass is half-empty to the glass is half-full.
Be intentional in your leadership role and look for ways to continue your growth and improvement. ActionCOACH offers eight programs to build you as a leader and to bring your team together as one. Whether it is one-to-one coaching or team workshops, we walk alongside you and can provide invaluable outside perspective and insight. When you are ready to be a better leader and for your company to reach new heights, contact us or attend one of our events.