Being a leader is hard work.
Matter of fact, the demands of the job can take a toll on your leadership and on your self-perception.
There are plenty of weak leaders who give in to the pressures of the job and become horrible bosses.
If leadership was easy, everybody would aim for the job and everybody would do it.
Sometimes, it is good to remind yourself that you are a good leader.
Wondering what are the signs that you are doing a great job as a leader?
Sign #1. Leadership wasn’t your main goal
The truth is you didn’t want to be a leader in the first place.
You simply wanted to be competent, enjoy your job and you have always put your best foot forward.
You maintain your work ethic even though you have never aimed for a leadership position.
Sign #2. You don’t abuse your power
Great leaders don’t mistreat their employees because they understand that their business depends on them.
They treat people humanely, empower their employees and make sure to maintain a healthy workplace culture.
Sign #3. You don’t play mind games with your employees
You give your employees the respect they deserve by telling them the truth.
You don’t pit them against each other, gaslight them or scapegoat them.
You don’t play favorites.
You don’t force them to be something that they are not just to please you.
You don’t shift blame or prey on your employees insecurities.
You don’t spasmodically change the expectations, sabotage their efforts with irresponsible deadlines and over the top objectives.
Sign #4. You manage your own insecurities
You don’t have imposter syndrome but you are secure with yourself.
Even if you may sometimes feel like a fraud, you don’t take out your insecurities on your team and you manage your insecurities in private.
You don’t put people down, ego or power trip in order to sit down your authority or feel better about yourself.
You treat everyone with fairness.
Sign #5. You are not self-centered
You are hyper-aware of your surroundings.
Everything you do is for others and to answer to a higher purpose.
You adopt a servant leadership style and lead with humility.
Sign #6. You are not defined by your mistakes
You do not punish yourself for your mistakes.
In addition, you do not punish others for their mistakes. Instead, you give them the opportunity to correct their mistakes and to learn from them.
Sign #7. You take care of your employees well being
You make sure that your employees goals align with yours.
You take care of their well being first because you link productivity to your team’s mental health.
If they are sick, you invite them to take days off.
If they are bored, you give them challenges to fulfill them.
If they are under performing, you place them in their areas of strength.
Sign #8. You maintain your calm under pressure
You don’t lash out on your employees when you are under pressure.
Instead, you stay transparent, explain the reason for the bad situation, come up with an appropriate situation and make the hard decisions.
Sign #9. You don’t participate in office politics
It is quite easy to get caught up in office politics.
The best strategy is to stay clear from all drama.
You don’t talk about your employees to your employees.
Sign #10. You don’t drag out conflicts
You believe in forgiveness so conflicts can quickly be resolved.
You want to maintain a healthy workplace where employees are not bullied, are unafraid to express divergent opinions.
Sign #11. You get down in the trenches
You don’t let your employees do the dirty work.
Your employees will trust and respect someone who is competent, who can do what they do without complaining. They will know that your directions are sound.
Sign #12. You keep people accountable
You don’t let bad behavior or poor performance slide.
There are ways to let people know that they are going down the wrong path. You know how to give and receive feedback even if it hurts.
Keeping people accountable will allow more employees to ask questions, to take risks, to make mistakes, to admit to their own mistakes and to tell you when you are making some.
Sign #13. You communicate clearly
Every single one of your objectives is communicated and justified.
Your team can clearly follow your train of thought and can understand what you want.
You do your research and request your employees opinion before making a tough decision.
You make the ultimate decisions but you believe that it is always good to have a sounding board.
Sign #15. You understand the importance of recognition
You don’t hug the spotlight. Instead, you give credit when credit is due.
You recognize when an employee over-performed or nearly burnt out on a project.
Sign #16. You help those who need it
In the workplace, people don’t forget easily (unfortunately).
They don’t forget who helped them in time of need and wont hesitate to reciprocate afterwards.
Sign #17. You love to try new things
You are open to change.
Besides, you are not complacent with your position or with your knowledge.
You are always open to learn new things, to change, to take risks, to question yourself.
Sign #18. You don’t take yourself too seriously
You have serious objectives and a lot of responsibility.
Leadership is hard enough to not have some fun once in a while.
Sign #19. You care way too much
You want the best from and for your team. You care because:
- You really want them to succeed.
- You are invested in their well being.
- You have an open door policy.
- You listen to their dreams and aspirations, to what they have to say without judgement.
Last Words Of Advice!
If you answer to these signs, then you are definitely doing a great job as a leader.
Otherwise, be kind to yourself and begin working on these signs.
It’s all about finding the right balance for yourself and for your team.
Keep the respect to get alignment, be likable to create influence, be approachable at the same time.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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