Citybuzz Marketing Discuss Inspirational Behaviours Of Great Leaders
MANCHESTER, UK, January 2014 – There are very few great managers. And even fewer great leaders. Making your team happy by displaying behaviours that are expected from you as a manager is hard. But it is even harder to inspire people to follow you, especially if you don’t have direct authority over them.
Leaders are not always perfect. But they display a set of behaviours that make them admired and loved. Let’s look at some of the rare ones.
Play Devil’s Advocate. Great leaders play the game of 10 “why?”s, asking the question over and over again to test their understanding of the underlying strategy. They defend the opposite point of view just to explore what else their teams forgot to uncover that may be critical to their mission or a project. It is easy to think that we are right, it soothes our egos. But it takes courage to stand up to and challenge your own experiences, knowledge, ideas.
Take the blame. If there is a blame to be had, great leaders take it on. If there is a credit to be given, they give it away to others. Granted, it’s a very rare behaviour, but the one that truly creates a following.
Couldn’t care less about conventional wisdom. The more you say “it’s never been done” before, the more excited they get about changing that fact. And they build the teams around them that never take no for an answer. And they don’t care about the failures, because they know that the only thing that matters is their response to those failures. Failures teach. Circumstances change. Pioneers stumble while shaping the path for others.
Shut Up. The art of conversation lies in listening. Some of the best leaders make it a point to not have their opinions heard right off the bat, but rather sit back and truly listen to what their teams have to say. You can get some amazing insights and inspire some great ideas just by sitting there and not contradicting (or agreeing) with the opinions of others.
Intentionally seek diversity. We’ve all seen favouritism in our careers – it is human nature to like those that look/ speak/ dress like us. But exceptional leaders go outside of their comfort zones in recruiting their teams; they intentionally seek diversity of opinions/ ages/ genders/ perspectives/
Invite naiveté. They are humble enough to accept if they don’t know something and smart enough to constantly learn throughout their career. But they are also sharp enough to know that times change and that no one person can know everything. They ask “why?” and “why not?” constantly, and are always open to reverse mentorship with younger generations realizing that there are some things younger professionals are just smarter about.
Disappear. Understanding how critical it is to sometimes disconnect and reflect, extraordinary leaders will disappear for a while. They will do something else, change their routine, and learn something absolutely new outside of their professional interests. They are masters of creating white space in which creativity thrives. Not only that, they are masters of knowing their limits and when their energy levels need recharging to continue to operate successfully long-term.
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