In this blog I will tell you why and how honest feedback will build a better version of you. Mastering the art of receiving feedback will certainly make you a stand out leader. So let me give you a taste of leadership 101. [icon name=”heart-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]
Firstly, I would like to highlight that anyone can be a leader, your title does not define you. So often we get caught up with climbing the ranks for the wrong reasons that when we eventually do get to the top, our preconceived idea of the meaning of leadership is somewhat contrastingly different.
My first leadership tip is to be strategic and intentional about the leadership style you choose to adopt. Understand the leader you are and know the leader you want to become. Take the time to journal what leadership means to you, how you want to be perceived by others and why it is important to you to develop yourself to this level.
To be an inspiring leader you need to demonstrate the attributes that make up an influential leader. What we may consider to be admirable traits might not necessarily resonate with your team, therefore the best way to find out is to ask your peers for feedback. Sure it can be confronting and you may be fearful of receiving feedback that you don’t necessarily want to hear but this is critical in identifying your areas of weakness and strengthening your leadership style. The more self-awareness that we develop, the more likely our leadership skills will grow exponentially. Download your free step-by-step guide in mastering the art of receiving feedback here.
My second tip is to uncover the gaps in your leadership style through using a feedback model. As leaders it is imperative that we are adept in understanding, motivating and leading people. If we are not skilled in these areas, then how can one get the team to subscribe to your overarching vision and desired goals. The feedback model I recommend and use regularly in coaching sessions is Johari’s Window. Walking alongside my clients, we go on a journey of self-exploration where we discover blind spots, weaknesses and take personal strengths to new heights. My philosophy is to lead with purpose; you would want to leave each person who has an interaction with you feeling more engaged and inspired than you found them. Through investing in yourself as a leader you will be far more likely to succeed or attain the leadership level that you desire to achieve. Leadership is complex as you have to negotiate your workload, fulfil your responsibilities and work towards leading the team in achieving the common goals while negotiating interpersonal differences.
Lastly, learn how to master your craft – feedback is gold, once you have received it put it to good use, take action and channel it to make a positive impact. We are all a work in progress, without growth challenges how can we learn, improve and evolve. I highly encourage you to invest in your self-development, I have created a free leadership workbook focussing on mastering the art of feedback to help help you in transforming your leadership skills. Get access to it here.
In short, leadership is not automatically acquired as you go up the ranks, it is earned. Teams look up to their leaders because they are inspired by their actions. Your attitudes and behaviours have a direct influence on the team’s morale, productivity and engagement whether you like it or not; so my question to you is what does leadership mean to you and what legacy do you want to leave?
(If you haven’t yet read the complimentary blog Master the Art of Delivering feedback here)