Improving as a business leader typically requires years of experience, but there are also a few essential traits you must develop along the way. Here are the attributes our Connect executives recommend that you focus on as you work to become the best leader you can be:
• Flexibility: You must be willing to try new approaches on a regular basis if you expect to grow as a leader. The business world is constantly evolving, so you won’t do yourself or your team any favors by getting set in your ways and resisting change. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because you want your team members to take risks and push beyond their comfort zones as well.
• Self-Assessment: If you can’t honestly assess your performance, your chances of making real improvements drastically decrease. We at Connect encourage you to take a step back and evaluate your leadership actions from time to time. Ask yourself how your actions affect your team members and where you can make productive changes.
• Organization: You need lots of information at hand to achieve real and sustainable improvement. We recommend that you write down difficult leadership scenarios you face and sketch out some potential solutions. When you keep track of tough situations and problems you have overcome, you will be more motivated to continue your improvement efforts.
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