There is an age-old debate about whether good leaders are born like this or develop themselves as they are;
Although this debate cannot be settled now, it is safe to say that even if you were not born to be a leader, there are some skills that you can employ to become a successful team leader; But first, you need to understand the difference between a manager and a leader.
Often people confuse the terms “manager” and “leader”, confusing them.
While there are many similarities in the meaning of the two terms, there are great differences between them as well, perhaps the most important of which is that anyone can be a manager, but it is difficult to find leaders.
Here we mention some of the differences between a manager and a leader:
The manager drives the business, while the leader inspires people;
Where the manager sets tasks and duties for his team, monitors progress, and evaluates results;
The leader, on the other hand, inspires people to voluntarily contribute to the success of any organization.
A manager always has an answer for everything, while a leader is always looking for a solution;
Leadership involves introducing employee coaching, which helps build cohesion within the team and enhance the employees’ career.
The manager monitors the values, while the leader creates them;
As each employee has to create value for the organization, and this value must be greater than the cost of that employee for the company;
A good leader is able to recognize the unique skills of his employees and leverage them in ways that increase their talents for the benefit of the company.
We have mentioned some differences between a manager and a leader so that the idea becomes clear to you, and now we will turn to some things that you can use to become a successful leader:
1. Trust, not vanity:
Most people gravitate towards self-confident leaders, as having clear goals and a clear sense of where you are going to achieve them is crucial to successful leadership.
But be careful not to turn your confidence into arrogance.
Let us take pilots as an example.
In order to fly from one point to another, a pilot must be confident of the chosen path, his ability to fly, and the competence of his crew.
This pilot gives us confidence, and most of us are willing to fly on that flight;
However, if the pilot does not have a clear vision of where to turn and which route to take to reach his destination, this does not inspire confidence, and very few people will be willing to fly with him.
Leaders make decisions constantly, and they must make them at the right time;
Failure to do so may lead to escalating situations until circumstances impose the same on them, which will reflect negatively on others.
A good team leader understands that all resources are limited, and this includes: cash capital, human capital and time;
The ability to organize and prioritize each of these things without waste is essential for a good leader.
Implement a specific system to coordinate work and improve productivity as much as possible, and have a standard system for dealing with e-mail, papers, time management and anything else that requires organization at work;
Without organization, you will not be able to make important decisions and be controlled by circumstances beyond your control.
Whether or not it is mentioned in the job description, all leaders need to be good negotiators, as disagreements and disputes will inevitably arise within your team;
And when that happens, you have to be ready to settle these conflicts and restore harmony within the team.
Always keep in mind that when dealing with different personalities, being aware of the situation is an imperative, as you may find at first that one of the parties is rational and the other is completely wrong.
But when you put yourself in everyone’s shoes, you see the situation from their point of view, and in this case you will not only need to solve the problem, but rather make sure that any feeling of hatred and resentment will not affect the big goals of the team.
Start listening and acknowledging the opinion of both sides, you win half the battle when you reassure people that you have heard them and take their problems seriously;
Then try to come up with two or three intermediate solutions that are acceptable to you, and ask them to choose the appropriate scenario that they can agree to, and you will find that the two parties will adhere to the solution when they feel that they have been involved in the choice, even though this solution is not what either of them was seeking.