Practice Does Not Make Perfect
Practice makes permanent. Practicing leadership skills helps develop a comfort level and confidence that engages teams. During our classroom and on-line training, we build in practice sessions because we know that great leaders get better over time.
Author, Ryan Carson says, “If you’re willing to do a little bit of work and look a little bit dumb, there is nothing you can’t achieve.” We are all afraid of looking dumb, making a mistake and not being perfect. Get over that! If you want to be a great leader, it won’t happen in a day or even a week or a month. You need to practice, make mistakes and be your authentic self.
Here are some strategies you can practice this week:
When having a discussion with an employee or co-worker, don’t make it personal. Focus on facts; not feelings. Discuss actions and behaviors you want to see. Don’t assume anything. Take less than 2 minutes to refresh your memory from this blog, Keeping it Professional When Things Get Personal.
Show that you value your employees. Listen. Encourage solutions to problems. Focus on behavior. Be specific when complimenting someone. Scan this blog in less than 2 minutes: When You Show You Value Employees, They’ll Go Above and Beyond.
You can be the boss who everyone wants to work with. Put one-on-ones on the calendar. If an employee makes a mistake, do more training or re-directing. Help your employees trust you by NEVER lying and never throwing management “under the bus.” Review 3 Ways to be a Better Boss in less than 2 minutes.
Embrace practicing leadership skills to create habits you’ll have for a lifetime. Your teammates will be more engaged, you’ll all be more productive and you’ll have more fun!