Every leader needs a following! Good leaders are supported because people trust and respect them, not simply for the skills they possess.
 
And it would seem that Yvette Cooper MP is fast garnering a lot of support in her bid to run for leadership of the Labour Party. Yvette Cooper has ‘strength of personality’ for leadership, according to Chris Bryant, Rhondda MP.
 
Leadership is about behaviour first, skills second.
 
You manage things…but people must be lead.
 
Leadership relies on management skills but far more so on qualities such as integrity, vision, courage, commitment, passion, confidence, enthusiasm, innovation, determination and sensitivity.
 
Use these 5 Tips to develop your leadership ability and C.O.U.R.A.G.E
 
1. Manager to Leader
 
Not all managers are leaders. But being a great leader starts with being a great manager.
Leadership gets you from 0-1. Then good management gets you from 2-10.
 
Managers focus on DOING:-
 
Implementing
Tactical
Detail
Shorter-term
Hands –on
Directing
Task-focus
Doing things right
 
Leaders focus on ENABLING
 
Planning
Strategic
Big picture
Inspiring
People focus
Doing things right
 
As a leader your role if to create a compelling vision that your people want to be part of. You need to decide ‘which wall you lean your ladder against’. Involve your people where appropriate in how you will achieve your goals.
 
2. 3 Key Responsibilities
 
As a leader, you have 3 key areas of responsibility:-
 
Achieving the TASK
Building and maintaining the TEAM
Developing INDIVIDUALS
 
Taking action in each of these 3 areas (and keeping the balance right), gets results, builds morale, improves quality and is the mark of any successful leader.
 
Achieving the task
 
Define tasks and objectives
Produce a workable plan
Communicate clear tasks and objectives
 
Building the team
 
Uphold agreed standards
Maintain discipline
Resolve conflict
Build team spirit
Encourage, motivate and give purpose
Delegate  – appoint sub leaders
Ensure communication with the team
Train, coach, develop
 
Developing each individual
 
Attend to personal problems
Appreciation and praise 
Reprimand and redirect
Appraise performance
Recognise and use individual abilities
Train, coach, develop
Encourage and motivate
Communicate 
 
3. Confidence
 
Confidence in leaders is essential. If you see Yvette Cooper being interviewed, she oozes confidence. 
 
People will rapidly sense whether you have it or not. So building self-confidence is always the starting point to becoming a leader. But never let it become over-confidence the first station on the track leading to arrogance!
 
How would you rate your self-confidence? (1-10)
How do others rate you?
Which aspects of your role do you feel confident about?
Which aspects do you want to build more confidence in?
Where might you be in danger of being over-confident or complacent?
 
4. Goals
 
Leaders articulate a compelling vision for the future and think in terms of results, not just tasks. They engage their people’s hearts as well as their minds to motivate them to achieve the desired goals.
 
How clear is your vision for what you want to achieve with your people over the next year?
What specific goals have you set for you and your team for the next month/quarter/year?
How can you further engage your people’s hearts as well as their minds towards their work and goals?
 
5. Enthusiasm
 
Can you think of any good leader lacking in enthusiasm? 
 
Enthusiasm is highly contagious and so is a lack of it. Leaders inspire their people through personal example and energy. They create a ‘can do’ atmosphere and talk about ‘challenges’ rather than ‘problems.’
 
In what ways are you personally setting an example through your enthusiasm?
How well do you show your own enthusiasm, even when you don’t feel it?
How do you reward enthusiasm in your people when you see it?
 
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