When in the presence of a good leader, it’s easy to spot how they stand apart from average ones. Good leaders are usually good public speakers. They are engaging and interesting. However, when put under a discerning eye, what are the small things that good leaders do that average leaders don’t? This is what we’ll be elaborating on in today’s discussion.
They use “we” instead of “I”
Good leaders replace the self-centered ‘I’ and make use of the inclusive “we” in their vocabulary. They understand that including their members in tasks and plans has a greater impact on cultivating their willingness and productivity. Take these two sentences for example:
Average leaders will say: “I will still have time to fix any confusion by the next developmental meeting.”
Good leaders will say: “We still have time to fix any confusion by the next developmental meeting.”
The first sentence implies that the leader is a one-man show; while, the second showcases that the leader and his team will be working together to address the issue. This makes it a good motivational point for the members to pitch in their own ideas to tackle the problem.
They remain calm in emergencies
In the middle of a crisis, it is easy to note who the control goes to–and it isn’t the person yelling their head off. It’ll be the person who remains calm while analyzing the situation. Good leaders keep a sturdy head upon their shoulders and think things through thoroughly before addressing it.
Who are employees more likely to have faith in: the person panicking or the person calmly surveying the issue? Good leaders carve out respect and trustworthiness in situations that would shake average leaders to their core. Even if they aren’t as calm on the inside, good leaders will always have presence of mind to be stronger than everyone else. No one wants a captain that falters at the first sight of a problem.
They adapt to situations quickly
On the same vein as the one above, should issues or emergencies arise, good leaders are able to take it in stride and adjust their plans of action accordingly. This isn’t only restricted to emergencies, too. It can apply to everyday situations.
Let’s say there’s one team member that’s a little slow on the response time when it comes to emails. Average leaders will more than likely send a reminder, pull the team member aside for a verbal reminder, and when it doesn’t change anything, a memo. Good leaders will, instead of sending a reminder, adjust their communication method with this team member by stopping by their desk and getting the response they need then and there.
Instead of letting an issue persist until it may turn toxic, good leaders adjust their strategies and come up with the smoothest course of action at the soonest opportunity available.
They make their presence felt
The last thing any employee would want is a disinterested boss or leader. Average leaders will give one ear and the rest goes to whatever task needs to be done. Good leaders will give you their full attention.
When team members see and feel that they aren’t disregarded, they be more inclined to do more for the team and their leader. It is also the more productive course of action–instead of giving only half their attention and doing a shoddy job at both tasks, taking care of a member’s concern and then finishing their own task will ensure better quality overall.