How would you define leadership? Are you confident that you would act accordingly in different situations? Every leader faces different challenges the test their understanding, knowledge, and patience. Find out and evaluate the type of leader you are with this article.
Scene 1: The New Employee Constantly Gives Ideas And Suggestions
A bad leader would automatically take offense and block all new ideas, even if meant helping the team or company. To avoid being painted as ignorant, you give alibis and tell the newcomer you would “look into it” when in fact you will not give it the slightest bit of attention. Over time, this particular worker will think that you do not value others’ opinions, as well as the welfare of the company. Not only that, but resentment from your members might also give you a bad reputation.
A good leader will always make time and listen to what an employee has to say. You consider the fact that they might see something that you don’t, or that they may think of strategies you haven’t. You’re always open to new ideas, and you make them feel valued by giving appropriate feedback. You are well appreciated, and employees feel more comfortable approaching you about different matters.
Scene 2: Employees Question Your Choices
A bad leader will react negatively. You are sensitive and do not consider the fact that maybe some of your choices led to the current situation of your company. Instead, you blamed the questioning employee and changed the subject matter immediately. Pointing fingers sends a silent message that you don’t take criticism lightly, and employees might keep their suggestions to themselves.
A good leader will wrap his/her head around the situation and acknowledge all opinions. You accept all outcomes (wrong or right in their eyes) and allow them to pitch in ideas of their own. You give them the freedom to express their concerns and let them raise tough questions. Employees see you at the same level as them, which makes them comfortable with discussing things in the future. As a whole, criticism from each member will improve and challenge you all.
Scene 3: The Company Hires Someone More Knowledgeable In Various Tasks
A bad leader automatically pretends he doesn’t need anyone else doing the job for him. You feel threatened and insulted, without considering that you don’t have to have it all. You discourage the newbie by giving average or bad feedback regarding his outputs. As a result, you compromise the task results, and your company suffers the consequences of not having quality outputs.
A good leader is always welcoming. You would instead give a task to someone who has more experience instead of tackling it on your own. This way, the result will improve, and the welfare of the company is secured. You continually motivate this person to do better, which leads to a more professional relationship, as well as better outcomes.
With you finally being able to define leadership, work on further improvements, and start being the excellent, reliable leader everyone loves.