Habits are hard to break, but sometimes that’s a good thing. In order to earn the respect of the people they lead, great leaders must be consistent in their words and actions. Developing habits that support a positive, engaged workforce is key to leading a team and inspiring people to greater levels of productivity and success.
Check out these four habits of highly respected leaders you never want to break.
Relentless commitment to follow through
“You have to make a decision: Am I gonna be the person that takes the risk? Am I gonna be the person that says I’m gonna start this business and I’m gonna follow through with it no matter what the obstacles?” – Joy Mangano, Inventor and Entrepreneur
The most respected leaders are steadfast in their commitments. When the going gets tough, these leaders only get tougher. From following up on employee issues to seeing a difficult project through completion, unwavering dedication to finish what they start is an important characteristic of leaders who have earned the respect of the people they lead.
Persistent focus on growth and success
“If you get too busy with your job to grow, your influence and your leadership will stagnate and ultimately evaporate.” – From the book Great Leaders GROW, by Mark Miller and Ken Blanchard
A poor leader might have a few victories here and there, but a consistent track record of growth and success is a hallmark of great leadership. The most respected leaders take calculated risks and constantly strive for greatness. The ability to initiate and maintain forward momentum is an important skill that inspires confidence. And a confident leader is one people will eagerly follow.
Dogged devotion to building up their people
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg, Director, Producer, and Screenwriter
Not only do respected leaders seek to build their own skills and expertise, they also ensure the people they lead have access to opportunities that foster growth. Whether it’s encouraging them to take the lead on a big project, go after that big promotion, or start working on their MBA, genuine regard for the personal and professional development of employees is key to earning respect.
A contagious spirit
“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” – Zig Ziglar, Author and Motivational Speaker
Great leaders approach even the most difficult of situations with composure and optimism. It’s not easy to lead the charge into battle when your people can tell your heart isn’t in it. So, not only do respected leaders have a seemingly bottomless well of positive energy, they instill that spirit in the people they lead.
What are some ways a leader has earned your respect? What are some ways they lost it? Let us know in the comments section below.