Of course, the first thing someone notices about us is our appearance and behavior. They see how we dress, hear how we speak, notice how we hold ourselves then add all these all up to make an initial assessment. Therefore, your image is of particular importance when it comes to others judging your leadership qualities.
However, in addition to your appearance, it is important to consider other elements that define your leadership. Here are five tips to help you develop a stronger leadership image from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Alabama:
1. Maintain Balance — Smart leaders know how to strike a balance between being both strong and supportive. Sometimes this means you have to straddle a fine line between being a leader who can take a joke and one that commands respect and authority. The important thing to remember is to never toggle between the two types in extremes, or you will lose your employees’ respect.
2. Appreciate Your Company’s Team — Whether your company consists of three employees or three hundred employees, the moment your business becomes more than just you, it becomes a team moving toward a mutual goal. Isolating yourself from your employees is never a smart business move.
3. Show Your Enthusiasm — Strong leaders possess a genuine passion for what they do that turns the daily grind into a welcome challenge. Avoid going about your business in a boring and lethargic manner. Doing so will silently signal to your team that they can approach their responsibilities in the same way.
4. Practice Your Speaking Skills — The ability to speak articulately is a powerful tool that lends itself well to projecting credibility as a leader, and as such is something you should not take lightly. If your speaking skills can use some improvement, consider a Dale Carnegie Training course on public speaking.
5. Communicate Clearly — Speaking well and communicating clearly are two different things. After all, wouldn’t you agree that while some politicians speak very well, you come away from their speech not knowing what they said? Remember, part of strong communication is communicating with clarity—and not just verbally, but through body language and in written form as well.
Business leaders should treat each of the items above with equal regard, and give serious consideration to every component mentioned if they strive to present themselves as a strong, competent, dynamic leader in the business world.
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