Most of us will never have seen ourselves as being leaders. For the majority of us, the thought of taking charge of an office will not so long ago have seemed completely absurd. That’s a job for high fliers, for people-people… for born leaders!
But despite any initial apprehension, leadership roles are something that many of us will have thrust upon us against any protestations. In the vast majority of industries, progress and a hike in salary means taking on more responsibility. And that responsibility will very often take the form of some kind of leadership role. You can only progress so far before you start having staff under you and the further you then climb the ladder, the more people will start looking to you for direction and the more people you’ll be responsible for.
That then leaves two choices: shy away from the pressure and the responsibility and live on the modest salary that comes from that, or learn to suck it up and take charge.
And guess what? When you do accept that mantle and become the leader that you can be, you’ll find that it’s one of the best experiences imaginable for your personal growth and development. You’ll become more confident, more able, and more authoritative and it can completely transform the way you see yourself.
So now the big question: can you learn leadership? Are some people simply destined to be good leaders while others will forever be disrespected and awkward in the role?
Well, while some people are ‘born with it’ (as Maybelline would have us believe), it certainly is possible to learn the skills needed for leadership if you don’t already have them. And as it happens, that’s exactly what this book is about to do for you!
So read on and prepare to learn the ins and outs of leadership and what it takes to inspire a team and get the very most out of them.
What you will learn…
- What makes a Great Leader
- Should you be feared or liked?
- How to become instantly more charismatic
- How to use ancient techniques like ‘transformism’ to control your team
- How to understand the differences of your team and get them to work for you
- How to handle a crisis
- How to cultivate inspiration
- How to give your staff motivation How to create new teams and more!
Module 01: Introduction to What Makes A Great Leader?
Module 02: How To Inspire Your Team
Now you have a broad idea of what it means to be a good leader, it’s time to break this down and to examine each of these points in more detail. But the most important point we can discuss is inspiration. If you can inspire your team to work, then you can get the very best out of them no matter what else. If they believe in your vision, they will be absolutely loyal and absolutely committed to what you’re doing. They will work harder and longer hours and they will drive your business, department or startup forward faster than anyone else.
Module 03: How To Incentivize The Right Way
So you’re passionate about what you do now and that comes across in the way you talk and the decisions you make. The next challenge is how you’re going to pass this on to your staff and your team so that they feel the same way. And you can’t expect them to be as passionate about everything as you to begin with. Sure, it would be nice if they were and if they had that ‘implicit’ motivation. But in reality, a lot of your staff are just there to make money so that they can go home to their partners and kids. They have their own dreams. So how do you motivate them and get them on board?
Module 05: How To Deal With A Crisis
This is all good and well – and being able to motivate and inspire your team will get you a long way. But what happens when things go wrong? What happens when it turns out that you don’t have enough clients and you’re going to have to make cutbacks? This is when things get tough and this is when even your biggest detractors are going to start looking to you for some answers and guidance. How do you deal with a crisis as a good leader and what is the key to making sure that you come out of any situation relatively unscathed?
Module 07: Dealing With Dissidents
Of course there is more than one kind of disruption in any team and there is more than one type of problematic member. So the way you deal with insubordination is going to depend on the scenario. In this chapter we’ll look at some options. These will start with the first and most desirable options you have available to you and end with the final and most regretful options.
Module 08: Creating Teams and Encouraging Teamwork
One of the best ways to avoid these sorts of scenarios altogether though and to encourage harmony, productivity, creativity and workplace satisfaction is simply to make sure you are putting together the best teams possible and then getting them to work well. And one way you’re going to do this is by hiring the right people.
Module 09: Understanding Characters and Choosing the Right Person For the Job
Perhaps the most important part of creating a working team is to understand the importance of different characters and what they can each bring to your organization. This means firstly respecting and understanding all the different skills that your different employees can offer (or your family!). A big part of leadership is delegating and that means you need to know each member of your team well enough to know who is best suited to which job. You can get a workload completed twice as efficiently, simply by giving the right jobs to the right people! This also means respecting and acknowledging that your team will be better experienced and better equipped than you in some areas. This is important because it is another way you will show respect and give them more autonomy. BUT you should have enough understanding of each of their roles to understand what they’re doing and to help offer direction. A good leader in an IT firm should know a little about SEO, a little about coding and a little about marketing so that they can help each member work together.
MODULE 10: THE 10 MOST POWERFUL TIPS FOR LEADERS
So with all that said and done, there is an awful lot to take on board here. Hopefully you have a much better idea now of what really makes a great leader and how you can win the respect of your team and steer them to victory almost without trying. But still, putting all this into action can be challenging and that’s why it’s useful to break this down further and to recap on some of the most potent tips we covered throughout the book. So here they are