Leading by Example Gain your team's support by becoming a better leader


When building a team in your business it's important to demonstrate and model positive leadership traits. Simply having the leadership ability is not enough; you must make your staff aware that you're a confident, approachable and focused leader.

But how?  Regardless of the team members’ position in the business, prove your leadership qualities by acting how they expect you to, with actions that are fair and equal to everyone. 

Although there are many leaders in large companies, what your employees want to see is that you perform seriously in every angle your role as a leader, specifically for the wellbeing of the team.  Only then can you can gain their approval and be considered a successful leader and an asset to the business.  Being held in high regard by the members of your team is not automatic; it is earned through trust and respect.  Are you the kind of leader who is respected and championed by your staff and subordinates? 

But what is the difference between a good leader and a great leader?  Why do some leaders gain the respect of their team and achieve results that are head and shoulders above the rest?  The following three areas explain this difference:

Firstly, a genuine leader would award the merit of their team’s commendable endeavors to the members of their team and not to themselves.  A successful leader accepts the responsibility to persuade their team to work harder while gaining their respect.  Under great leadership, team members are recognised and praised when a task is competed well.  The merit is not actually for the leader but for the members of the team.  It does not take long, under this style of leadership, for the whole team to follow and respect the command of leadership. 

Secondly, there is no such thing as a perfect leader; however, you can be the best leader possible if you’re capable of completing a job in which a quality result is close to perfection.  Achieving this has a lot to do with learning and practicing self control.  Self control is simply the ability to overcome your impulses, generally in behaviours that bring regret to you afterwards.  A leader’s behaviour such as not overcoming strong emotions, especially negative feelings, has a direct effect on the members of the team.  The solution?  Learn how to put limitations to your feelings by exercising self control.

Lastly, learn to practice the correct and suitable use of language.  Words are very powerful; they can cause good and bad things to happen depending on how they are used.  This is especially true for the words of a leader who uses them to show authority or command over their employees.  If you’re a team leader and working on staff management, be very cautious when speaking, especially when correcting your staff.  A lack of tactful word use will affect the people around you and may cause hurtful feelings and poor performance. 

You should refrain from being strict and harsh on a regular basis, apply this mentality only if circumstances call for it.  On the contrary, being kind, considerate, and friendly in your manner of speaking will help staff to understand you more and later on be cooperative to work with you as their leader.

You see, becoming the best leader in your business doesn’t really require much intricacy.  Sometimes a little goes a long way and in this instance a few small changes to your leadership style will take you a long way to being as successful as you desire.

Sigrid de Kaste



Sigrid de Kaste is a Consultant and Mentor who owns her own business - Stickybeak Marketing - which provides personal, practical, hands on Business Development and Marketing services.

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