“Managers are not born, they are made”
Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.
To inspire your people into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study. The best leaders are continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills.
Developing the behavioural attributes of managers mentioned above
• Know yourself and seek self-improvement. In order to know yourself, you have to understand your being, know, and do, attributes. Seeking self-improvement means continually strengthening your attributes. This can be accomplished through reading, self-study, classes, etc.
• Be technically proficient. As a leader, you must know your job and have a solid familiarity with your employees’ jobs.
• Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions. Search for ways to guide your organization to new heights. And when things go wrong, they will sooner or later, do not blame others. Analyze the situation, take corrective action, and move on to the next challenge.
• Make sound and timely decisions. Use good problem solving, decision making, and planning tools.
• Set the example. Be a good role model for your employees. They must not only hear what they are expected to do, but also see.
• Know your people and look out for their well-being. Know human nature and the importance of sincerely caring for your workers.
• Keep your people informed. Know how to communicate with your people, seniors, and other key people within the organization.
• Develop a sense of responsibility in your people. Develop good character traits within your people that will help them carry out their professional responsibilities.
• Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Communication is the key to this responsibility.
• Train your people as a team. Although many so called leaders call their organization, department, section, etc. a team; they are not really teams…they are just a group of people doing their jobs.
• Use the full capabilities of your organization. By developing a team spirit, you will be able to employ your organization, department, section, etc. to its fullest