Did you know that humble people often make the best leaders?
It might sound like nonsense, but it’s honestly true. Humble people make the best leaders because they understand the positions that they put their colleagues in. They know the importance of communication and they understand what it means to actually lead a group. If you’ve been led in the past by someone clueless, then you’ll know exactly what it feels like to have no sense of direction on your projects.
So if you’ve been given an opportunity to lead in the workplace, where should you start?
- Focus on what your team’s strengths are and play to those skills.
- Stay humble and never let it get to your head that you’re in a leadership position. Your job is to direct your team, not bark commands at them.
- Communicate with your team and make sure everyone is on the same page for optimal productivity in the workplace.
- Listen to your team and their recommendations. You’re not better than them just because of your position, so don’t neglect to listen to them.
- Accept feedback and criticism instead of trying to avoid it. This will help you grow as a leader and fix your faults.
- Don’t forget that you’re still an employee of the company, so your actions and directions should benefit the company you’re working for.
We’ve also added an infographic that discusses some of the most important skills that you should learn as a leader in the modern age.
Infographic by USC