Leadership behaviors are certain characteristics and traits that a person possesses that allow them to be a great leader. Several leadership behaviors have been found over the years. The key secret to becoming a great leader is figuring out which main leadership behaviors you agree with. And find suitable then implementing these methods on your team members. Some of the main leadership behaviors are listed below:
A great motivator to any employee or person, in general, is rewarding a person for the work they have done once they complete it. When a leader tells their team members that there is a reward for the first person that finishes a certain task, the team members will surely work harder to attain that reward. Rewards can vary in magnitude depending on the task at hand. The reward can be as simple as an appraisal.
A simple ‘you’ve done a great job.’ Will increase the employee’s motivation making them want to work harder or as hard to prove themselves to the leader. This method could also greatly benefit the relationship between the leader and their team members, making it much stronger and friendlier. However, it’s very important to keep in mind that using this technique may create some competition between team members.
Now friendly competition never hurt anyone; it is considered healthy and a great motivator. However, the type of motivation you need to look out for as a leader is the unhealthy competition that may arise. This could cause tension between the team members hence disturbing the environment of the business and the relationship between the leader and the team members.
transparency extremely important when building any business and in life in general. At one point or another in your life, you are going to figure out that honesty is key and that any lie uttered will eventually prove to be your worst enemy. When building a team, honesty is extremely important because:
- Your team members are likely to follow in your footsteps or adapt to your way of leading, so you lead in an honest, transparent manner where you don’t try to deceive and manipulate your team members. They will act the same way when interacting with you, the leader, as well as each other, and that in itself could help avoid a bunch of future problems.
- Honesty builds trust, and trust is an extremely important factor to keep in mind when leading; we will further be discussing trust as a leadership behavior as the list continues below.
Accepting the consequences of your decisions in Leadership Behaviors:
A common misconception that a lot of new leaders make revolves around the term ‘risk-taking.’ Many new leaders believe that risk-taking is stupid and will mess up the entire business as it is considered too much of a wild card. While others whole-heartedly base their business on taking risks and hoping for the best. Now I’m not saying these two leaders are wrong because, in both cases, there have been successes and failures. However, the way to ensure the highest percentage of success is by allowing yourself to take a risk.
Still, not just any risk, as a leader, you should analyze the pros and cons of taking this risk and the chances that it may work out or fail; this is called a calculated risk. It’s in our human nature to make mistakes, and it is completely fine if something didn’t go as planned when taking this calculated risk. After all, you can’t predict the future. So the best way to put this dilemma to rest is by owning up to your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions.
By doing so, not only are you not blaming innocent bystanders, but you are proving to your team members. That you like they are human and that mistakes are a human thing to do so. If they make a mistake as well, they should always own up to it and try and figure out how to fix it instead of blaming others.
As we mentioned above, trust is essential when building a team, and here is why. As a leader, you expect your team members to support the cause you are working towards as well as expecting them to be working. But how do you expect them to follow a cause that is run by a leader they don’t trust? If they do not trust you and each other, your entire business plan will crumble to pieces. And will be as paltry as a car with no wheels.
Adapting to change in Leadership Behaviors
As a leader, you to be adaptable to your surroundings. You can’t expect everything to go your way, no matter how much prior planning you’ve done. There is always going to be an obstacle that’s going to block your way. Or just a random occurrence that you never even could have thought of. And, therefore, you need always be ready to suddenly change your entire plan based on the change that has occurred.
And you never know this change could prove to be beneficial and could end up improving your whole project. So remember to trust your gut and never give up no matter how bad things may seem.