It's no secret that being a leader is not the easiest job in the world. Management is tasked with the hardest decisions and generally has the biggest share of office responsibility. Navigating the ropes of leadership can be tricky for even the most seasoned veteran. That is why we have compiled a list of some of the top leadership tips from today's leading leaders (can you say that tongue-twister?). Here is what we found:
"Having a good line of communication with your employees is crucial."
"Your team can tell if you're hiding something. It makes them uncertain or suspicious, both of which you don't want. Lay out the rules of the game as you see them with your team. All this forces you to have and share your vision, which is what makes you a great leader in the first place." – President and Founder of Yeti Tony Scherba
Transparency can play an important role in good leadership, as Scherba pointed out in this quote for Inc. Magazine. Having a good line of communication with your employees is crucial to ensure everyone in the office is on the same page. Whether the news be good or bad, make sure to loop your staff in on any pertinent company updates. This helps your team recognize that your trust them and will help build better business relationships throughout the office.
"I received some great advice from Marshall Goldsmith, one of the preeminent authorities in the field of leadership. He told me this: 'If you want to be an effective leader, listen to and accept with humility the feedback that comes from your team.'" – President of The World Bank Jim Kim
Good leaders are always willing to listen. Just because you have a substantial amount of personal power does not mean you are above listening to constructive criticism, as Kim noted in a Forbes article. There is always room to grow your management skills. Try hosting an open forum every once in a while in order to hear from staffers on things you might be missing. This can help improve the company as a whole while also building stronger connections with your staff.
"Be candid with yourself and acknowledge what you know and don't know. Select supportive team members who possess the skills necessary to take the business in the right direction." – President and CEO of Midwest Business Institute Inc. Richard J. Avdoian
The biggest takeaway is to stay humble. In this quote from Inc. Avdoian noted that while upper-level staffers have done a lot of work to earn their leadership positions they are not necessarily an expert in every area. Be smart enough to ask for help when help is needed. You made your hiring decisions for a reason, so take advantage of the multitude of skills within the office.
"Be smart enough to ask for help when help is needed."
"As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future." – CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi
By raising the bar for yourself, you can influence your staffers to do the same. Nooyi noted that sometimes setting an example in your own approaches to work can be the best inspiration for your staff, as reported in an additional Inc. article. Just because you are a leader does not mean you should take advantage of your position. Keep your work ethic strong and your staff will surely follow.