In January our four amazing coaches are giving you some pointers to make this year your best one, and last one up is Anna Johansson.
Anna works as a leadership coach and is passionate about your development. Her coaching is about expanding your comfort zone, getting your relationships to work, reach your goal on work, manage your stress level and become a better leader. Here are her insight tips:
Some people claim that certain people “are born leaders”, and that you have to have some kind of specific trait in your personality to be a good leader. Oh well that is true for some, but the first thing you have to understand about leadership is that when you lead you are doing. That means that leadership is an activity and therefor it is something you can practice. As with everything else some people have a natural talent and some people have to work harder to accomplish their goal. But that doesn’t mean them can’t learn.
Start with yourself
To succeed as a leader you have to start with yourself. If you want to perform you have to take care of yourself. The most basal thing you have to have in order is sleep (6-9 hours/day), eating healthy and exercise regularly. I’m sure most of you guys already know this, but if you lack inspiration in this department, Best of You is a really good webpage for information findings regarding health.
Today it is really important to be authentic. So again, start with yourself. Explore your inner motivation, what drives you and what’s of great significance to you? Know your values and your “why”. There are lots of exercises you can do for personal development, just Google or go to my blog ledarskaphalsa.se.
And I just want to add that the idea that you can be one person at work and another person at your spear time is really outdated. What you do at your leisure does affect your work performance and vice versa.
Dare to be vulnerable as a leader!
Leadership is a partnership
You are not the only one responsible for being a good leader, the people in your group also have a responsibility. If they don´t like something or have an idea, make sure that they dare to speak their mind freely. A lot of people complain about their leader instead of taking action to change things. This is something you should talk with your group about. Let them know that you think this is a partnership and you expect them to be open with you. Dare to be vulnerable as a leader and if you are unsure about anything, say so. The team is there to help, remember it’s a collaboration between you guys.
Make a psychological contract
Expectations are SO IMPORTANT. I highly recommend you sitting down with each one in your group and talk about anticipation. Be clear with your expectation on them, and then let them say what their expectations are on you. Be really clear and discuss what this means for both of you, in everyday work and in the long run. This exercise is also good for your authenticity. It gives the group guidelines for in which way you will behave. When they notice that you actually do what you said you would do it builds trust.
Make sure to educate yourself on psychology and pedagogics. There are a lot of young professionals having high demands on their leader. They won’t tolerate if you don’t have basic knowledge about leadership, relationship, teambuilding, performing and well-being. There are many blogs, YouTube-videos, TED-talks and books of leadership. Here are some I recommend:
- Book: “Samtal på jobbet” – Kerstin Ljungström
- Book: ”Creating Effective Teams” – Susan A. Wheelan
- Book: “Building agreement” – Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro
- Book: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – Dale Carnegie
- Webpage: motivation.se
- TED-talks: Your body language may shape who you are – Amy Cuddy
- TED-talks: How to speak so that people want to listen – Julian Treasure
By: Anna Johansson / Photo cred: insightsforleading.com