29 One-Sentence Leadership Tips to Lead Like a Leader

What is a Great Leader? We’ve all Worked for Someone that is a Great Leader That person for Whom We’ll ‘Run Through Walls for’. These Leadership Tips Will Help You to be a Great Leader

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Tips 1-10

  • 1. You ain’t great at everything, so don’t pretend to be by showing humility with, ‘I’m not great at this, you are. Please can you do it’.

 

  • 2. Say no for you, for your team, and sometimes to your clients because great leaders know when it is not right to do.

 

  • 3. Be clear on the important targets and have one that is paramount that everything else is a second to.

 

  • 4. Don’t ask anyone to do something that you would not be prepared to do yourself.

 

  • 5. Help your team celebrate the wins, especially when those wins are few and far between.

 

  • 6. When people are speaking to you make them feel as though they are your whole world for those moments.

 

 

  • 8. Stop promoting the notion that working until you’re exhausted is the right way.

 

  • 9. Be the meerkat, the one looking over and above everyone else to see what is coming ahead.

 

  • 10. In uncertain times people particularly look for what a leader does, so know when those times happen and choose what to do, don’t dither.

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Tips 11-20

  • 11. ‘You cannot pour from an empty cup’, which means that you need to take time for you.

 

 

  • 13. Show that you are willing to try new things without consequences.

 

  • 14. Accept that you will make mistakes.

 

  • 15. Be as transparent as you can.

 

  • 16. Micromanaging is the death of productivity.

 

  • 17. Manage people according to the agreed targets, not by their task list.

 

  • 18. Be the example that you want others to follow.

 

  • 19. Understand the trust formula and use it in your relationships with your team and encourage them to use it across the team.

 

  • 20. Identify what you disliked about a bad leader you worked for and avoid doing the same things.

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Tips 21-29

  • 21. Identify what you liked about a good leader you worked for and do the same things.

 

  • 22. Share your learnings, whether it is training, a tip you learnt, best practice – share, share, share.

 

  • 23. You need to be able to delegate effectively, so research how people delegate well and do it.

 

  • 24. Don’t be afraid to make decisions because not making a decision is making a decision, a decision to do nothing.

 

  • 25. Knowing what you want to achieve is very important as a leader and once you do, share it regularly with your team.

 

  • 26. ‘Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there’, Josh Billings.

 

  • 27. Understand the situational leadership model.

 

 

  • 29. Believe in your people and tell them that you do.

A lot has been written about what a great leader does and leadership tips are available in abundance. Don’t try to read it all, but instead be the very best leader you can be, by adopting 3 principles, like leading by example, showing humility, and believing in people. Begin there and don’t stop improving.

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