Updated: Feb 24, 2020
The sooner you learn about reading people, listening to others and building relationships, the sooner you will be more effective. So I would have spent a little more time on the people side, a little more time on the relationship side, early in my career – Chevron CEO, John Watson
Being an effective leader is no mean feat. It requires the ability to bend and shape your skills to any and every situation.
The secret is in the ability to remain mindful of your own behaviours, those of the colleague you are speaking to and adapting your approach so it feels like a ‘win’ on both sides.
Most leaders are aware of their personalities and how they impact upon their team, but few take a moment to consider their behaviour and unconscious signals, which continually betray their true thoughts and feelings.
Knowing where you are starting from can help you to get where you are going more effectively, without becoming inauthentic and changing your personality entirely to suit a work environment.
Here are five key things all leaders can do to boost their effectiveness:
Be Clear And Courageous In Your Actions
Let Them Know Why They Should Follow You
Just Be Effective
Be Genuine And Observant
Create A Vision And Inspire