For many of you, being a ‘leader’ in your professional career is a goal that you consistently strive for. Many assume that being a ‘manager’ and being a ‘leader’ are the same thing. They actually are NOT. They are very different, in fact.
Manager – takes responsibility for tasks, meeting deadlines, and ensuring the functionality/workflow of the office is running smoothly.
Leader – expresses interest in personal/professional development of the staff members, focus on team/department morale and, helps place/position each team member in roles where they can thrive.
Managers take a mechanical approach to leadership. While Leaders look at the bigger picture, and help develop and encourage a strong team and culture. None is better than the other; just different in their approach to day-to-day tasks and leadership styles. Truthfully, a strong department needs BOTH in order to get the most quality out of the team; productivity and accuracy, as well as loyalty and teamwork.
If you’re looking to be a leader, it’s important that you practice these 5 Traits of Effective Leadership. Being a great leader isn’t a role played ONLY at the office. On the contrary, it’s a lifestyle, a mindset, and requires you to become the best version of yourself. The 5 traits are:
Daily intake of mastery messaging – podcasts, YouTube videos, recorded affirmations, prayer/meditation, journaling
Emotional Intelligence – periodic evaluation of your EQ scores in order to address areas where you can improve
Learning from your experiences (good and bad) – turning all mistakes/errors into opportunities for growth
Watch the company you keep – your tribe determines your vibe, check your surroundings regularly
Self-care – exercise, yoga, pampering, adequate sleep, healthy boundaries
These 5 traits above are evident in so many examples of effective leaders. People like Oprah Winfrey, Jack Canfield, Mel Robbins, Tony Robbins, and Brene Brown; have all expressed their regular practice of these traits above and credit them to their success.
In order to show up the world with intention, love, and discernment in your leadership role you cannot ignore the need for positive internal messaging, emotional intelligence, ability to continuously learn and grow despite your current level of expertise, the importance of productive and encouraging relationships, and prioritizing self-care. Doing so, will improve your:
Ability to react appropriately to stress and emotions
Discernment in selecting friends, associates, and employees
Which of these 5 traits would you like to improve in? Start small, but be committed in this approach. It will not only benefit your career, but the results will also spill over into your romantic life, parenting, friendships, and anyone whom you encounter in your day-to-day.
When you love and care for yourself enough to take time to fill your own cup, the people around you will feed off of your energy and be attracted be in your space.
Here's to you becoming an effective leader! Cheers!