If You’re Not The Lead Dog, The View Never Changes: A Leadership Path for Young Adults

9781625102287medBe a good role model. To earn respect, it’s important to show that you know your stuff. People will respect and listen to you if they know you are knowledgeable in your field.

Be clear about your rules and expectations. Whether you’re the CEO of a company or the manager of a team of four people, it’s important to make your expectations crystal clear from the beginning.

Leave room for input. Though it’s important to be firm, you should still leave some room for the considerations of others so you don’t look like a dictator. Also, there’s a lot you can learn from your employees, which will help your business thrive.

Reward … for good behavior. To be a good leader, you need to maintain high team morale, and to motivate employees to achieve their goals in a timely manner. Also, rewards can be fun!

Be liked. Though it’s important for your workers to respect you most of all, it couldn’t hurt for them to think you’re a person who is worth spending time with. This will make them more excited to work for you and to have you as their leader! Here are some ways to make sure you are liked: Read more.

Remind your teammates of your skills. Though it’s important not to call too much attention to yourself, don’t be afraid to strut your stuff to let people know why you are the captain of your team.

Establish your rules on day one. Once the introductions are out of the way, it’s important to let your students understand your expectations so they can meet them.

Have fair assessments. Be creative. Show you care. Make clear rules.  Establish yourself as an authority figure. Have a useful system of rewards and punishments. Be a united front with your co-pilot.

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SOURCE: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Good-Leader

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If You’re Not The Lead Dog, The View Never Changes: A Leadership Path for Young Adults
Why are so many young adults exiting high school and college with minimal leadership skills? Why do they lack some of the very basic but critical leadership attributes–focus, urgency, passion, winning attitude–and more? As the US educational report card continues to deliver marginal results, is there even an awareness of just how important leadership is to experiencing a productive and happy life?

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Quiz – What’s Your Leadership Style?

LINK: http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl-leadershipquiz.htm

Psychologist Kurt Lewin identified three major leadership styles. Learn which best describes your leadership style in this 18 question quiz.

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How Good Are Your Leadership Skills? – Mind Tools

LINK: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_50.htm

You can start by analyzing your performance in specific areas of leadership. Complete the quiz below to identify where you already lead effectively, and to explore where your skills need further development. In the analysis sections underneath, we’ll direct you to the resources you need to be an exceptional leader.

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The Leadership Legacy Assessment: Identifying Your Instinctive Leadership Style

LINK: http://www.yourleadershiplegacy.com/assessment/assessment.php

You should worry about your legacy later in your career, at the edge of retirement—right? Not according to Robert41VDf2UlWgL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Galford and Regina Maruca. In Your Leadership Legacy, these authors argue that thinking about your legacy now makes you a better leader today. Based on stories of top leaders who have shaped successful careers, the book explores the art of “legacy thinking,” helping you to formulate a legacy that will exert a positive effect on your work immediately. The authors provide a disciplined approach to framing your legacy, as well as shaping it over time. They start with the idea that your legacy is defined by how others approach work and life as a result of having worked with you. They then demonstrate how to assess your current impact on those around you, strengthen that impact, and pass along the best of yourself in the process. While many leaders “find themselves” and hone their work accordingly only after a major life crisis, Your Leadership Legacy enables all leaders to craft their work and build their legacy unburdened by such crises, and to experience personal satisfaction and achievement throughout their working lives.

Read more about this book: Your Leadership Legacy: Why Looking Toward the Future Will Make You a Better Leader Today

 

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