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There’s more to being a great leader than having a vision for the company’s future. If you truly want results from your team, you need to lead by example and model the behavior you want to see in them.
Remember, though, employees aren’t just paying attention to your conscious actions; they’re noticing your habits and interactions with others, too. We asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members to each share one underused leadership habit that will set a great example for employees. Their best answers are below.
1. Practice Positive Self-Talk
We’re in a world where we are constantly bombarded with images and reels of how perfect everyone else seems to be doing and how far we are behind them. It’s easy to give in to the notion we are an impostor, our revenues aren’t that great, we aren’t flying to appointments in a private jet — and get down on ourselves. In fact, it’s so easy, most of us are in the habit of negative self-talk on a daily basis. Rather than berate ourselves for our inadequacies, we should make it a habit to appreciate the progress we make daily. We should remind ourselves to not compare the highlight reels of others with our day to day lives. Leaders should make it a habit to be their own biggest cheerleader instead of their own worst enemy. – Klyn Elsbury, Landmark Makers
2. Maintain Calm During Chaos
Many of the one-off interactions workers have with company leaders are to let us know what is wrong — a machine is down, a major order was messed up, our supplies did not come in time, an employee is unexpectedly absent. A great leader knows to be calm and even smile when receiving this news. An exceptional leader demonstrates that these unavoidable and seemingly constant issues are not just fires to put out, they present opportunities to solve immediate problems and implement new systems to avoid these issues in the future, enabling a business to operate more effectively going forward. They are opportunities to exercise our core values and build a strong team culture. – Saloni Doshi, Eco Enclose, LLC