Being a leader is something which can help you in many aspects of your life and whilst not all of us are necessarily born to lead, it is a skill which we can work on and hone. One great way that I have always thought you can learn to be a great leader, is to look and learn from those around you. For me, the one leader who I have always looked to in order to be inspired is my good friend and business genius Eric Horbacz. The highly professional founder and CEO of StoolDuelInc, is a man who has studied hard to get where he is, gaining a degree at Costal Carolina University in Finance and Economics. What I want to talk about today however is his leadership skills and just what you will need if you want to be a great leader.
Ability to Influence
As a leader it will be your job to get others in your team – whatever type of team that may be – to buy into your vision and come on board with your ideas. This is not something that is simple to do and you must give people a reason for them to want to be on your side. Through inspiring those around you, you can gain this influential skill which make those in your team get behind you and support you in what you are doing.
One of the most important leadership skills is respect and in order to gain it, you must also give it out. Many people think that respect is something will come to you automatically, this is simply not the case and you must earn the respect of your team by being a great role model, being respectful and understanding their needs.
A real key to being a great leader is your ability to motivate those around you. To gain this skill you must first understand how you can motivate your team, ask yourself what kind of motivation each person would benefit most from. For example some people need to be shouted at and have pressure put on them in order for them to be motivated, others may need an arm around their shoulder and a kind word. It is your job to understand how each person can be motivated and then work hard on pushing the right buttons.
Many people hold the incorrect notion that leaders must be shouting monsters who never let up, the truth is actually the opposite. Of course there may be times when you will need to bring the hammer down, and you should be prepared to do that, but ultimately if you want people to look to you as their leader, you must be kind. The balance between firm and fair is not an easy one to make, too firm and you will push people away, too fair and people will take advantage, find the balance and you will be a great leader.