Becoming a good leader is something that must be worked at, but is not necessarily hard. One of the keys to success as a leader is you must communicate your vision. One of the abilities that is very important is to be able to get people to cooperate and support you as their leader.
There is a definite difference in most cases between the communication of a male leader and a female leader. For a woman, it is important to get the other person to listen by giving them a reason to listen. Simple enough, but if you can address a goal your listener is seeking to achieve the easier this will be.
It is only human nature for a person to have the desire to be heard. Always take your listener’s expectations into consideration. The gender role stereotypes often believe that a woman who is a mother cannot be a successful leader. Factually, being a good parent can definitely play an excellent role in your success as a leader. If you think about it, as a parent you learn to plan strategically, persuade, negotiate, and enlist cooperation. Now think about it, the same type of qualities are used in leadership.
Female leadership programs are available all over the country and will definitely help you with strategies and qualities you will need to become the leader you wish to be. If you think about it, most of the qualities are more or less common sense. To be a good leader what do you need to be able to do? You need to be an excellent communicator.
Being a leader that energizes people toward action, all has to do with your ability to communicate. Take the time to build and maintain a good system of support. Think about your home life. You need a partner who is willing to share family work with you. So, what makes work any different? With the people you lead, you need the same support. In order to do this you will need to be able to understand their needs and their goals. Always treat them with respect and consideration. Encourage them as a leader, this will get you so much farther than being impatient, demanding, and harsh.
One of the hardest things for leaders to do is to delegate. Learning to delegate is an art form in itself. You have to learn to match people with the task you assign them based on their qualities and strengths. To be a successful female leader, you will need the support of the people you supervise, so nurturing them is important. Be certain when you delegate something that you make it very clear as to what you need. It is extremely frustrating to both you and the person you delegate when this is not done. If you are not satisfied with the finished product, return the work to the person and be certain that they understand what it is you expect. Do not do it yourself, resist the urge.
The single best attribute you have as a leader is your integrity. A good leader needs the trust of followers. A leader of integrity is the same on the inside as on the outside. Be honest, be predictable, and have well-mannered emotions. A leader with integrity will be more approachable by those that work with them.
Take advantage of the resources which are available to you to be a better leader. These will definitely help you in your leadership career as you advance. Once again, there are workshops and programs located all over the country which will help you to better yourself as a leader. Although there are definite advancements being made for women as leaders, always seek to better yourself. Always look ahead to your goals and keep climbing the ladder, one rung at a time.
By John Hester