Being in a power position doesn’t automatically make someone a great leader. There are many CEOs, company founders, and bosses with very long titles that could stand to brush up on their leadership skills. Brian Evje offers a few tips.
First a leader should ask herself if she’s leading for her own gain or for the good of the whole company. Also, look for ways to legitimize the position if you stumbled into it by accident. Sometimes leadership positions are passed down through generations, particularly in family businesses. If this happened to you, be honest enough to acknowledge the moments when you aren’t qualified. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and seek the training you need.
Finally, always encourage the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and the only way to ensure your employees will be honest with you is if you’re completely honest with them. The difference between a leader and someone with a fancy title is someone who works for the good of the team. All lofty goals can be accomplished, but the right person needs to head them up.