Leadership expert Glenn Leibowitz recently published a unique article entitled “You Don’t Need a Fancy Title or Corner Office to Be a Leader.” In it, he cuts through the noise of all the leadership articles and consultants’ advice, relying on his years of actual experience with effective leaders to offer some insightful best practices.
The best part? As the title says, these are leadership tips for anyone in your company or organization – from the mail room to the C-suite.
According to Leibowitz, if you’re truly a leader, here are the seven things you need to do:
Results won’t matter if you don’t keep your word and give people reason to trust you.
Not only do leaders need creative solutions to problems, they need to be willing to share them, without worrying about the possibility of rejection or lack of credit.
Good leaders anticipate the future and plot a pathway to get there smoothly.
If you want to be a leader, you have to be willing to stand up for your ideas – when you’re convinced they’re right – even if it seems no one else will join you.
Remember “The Golden Rule?” Leaders always follow it, regardless of who they’re dealing with.
Share generously and don’t be concerned with always getting a return.
Things change over time, of course. But a good leader maintains a solid base of self-confidence and trust in the abilities that got him/her to a position of leadership in the first place.