You might be a new leader that is asking yourself, “How do I project the leadership skills that I don’t yet have?” The answer is you fake it till you make it. This might surprise you but many times people are thrust into leadership positions that there is no way that you can ready for or even trained.
There are ways that you can project leadership. The most important of these is to know how to manage your power position without letting everyone know how little that you actually know.
Set the Tone
As a good leader you will want to set the example. This means doing things like showing up early and leaving late. So your staff that if you want them to do something that you are will to do twice as much.
It is very hard to discredit some one that is willing to work harder than everyone else.
Listen More Then You Speak
To often new leaders think that they have to do all of the talking to prove that they are in charge. In actuality the most commanding role that you can take is to say nothing or little at all. As a leader you will want to project an image of confidence and maturity. You will find that the less you say will result in the times that you do speak your words will carry more weight.
Be a Sponge
Do not make quick decisions. It is better to absorb as much information as possible before rushing into anything. You will find that solutions to problems require you to spend time listening to other people’s points of view. To project leadership you want to have the last word once you have collected as much information as possible.
Do not make the mistake of believing that leaders do not ask questions. The best leaders ask lots of questions. They dig deep to get the bottom of problems. You will find that the answers to most questions will be obvious when you did deep enough.
A leader must make confident decisions. If you are waffling on your decisions you are projecting that you decisions are of little importance. This does not mean that you should never change your mind. When you do you must be sure to make these few and far between. Every time you change your mind it will make people question your current decision and other decisions down the road.
Learning to be a leader is a matter of trail and error. Everyone finds themselves pretending when they first move into a leadership role. Leadership is more about knowing how to communicate well and to project confidence in your own ability. This will take practice.
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