Ingredients for great Leadership

Written by Tracey Flannery on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

We love cooking and one thing that’s really essential is the quality of the ingredients we use to cook up a gastro extravaganza and it’s no different for the ingredients for really great leadership. Here’s our take on those important ingredients needed to become an authentic and inspiring leader.

A tablespoon of talent

Some people are born with an innate ability to achieve in the area they want to work in and some have to work ten times harder for the same success. Great leaders have an eye for talent and surround themselves with good people. The other good thing is talent can be enhanced and it’s not the only ingredient of success and leadership!

Here are some tips for even those with a natural talent:

• Know what your superpower is, what you bring to the table.

• Continue to learn more, read books, articles, videos, podcasts, anything you can get your hands on “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins, Good to Great

A cup of coaching

Coaching can help take you and your people to the next level. Working with a coach can show you a new perspective or mindset, learn something new, push you that little bit further. If you are looking to enhance your leadership or your success we highly recommend a coach or mentor; allowing you to enhance your skills, perspective, and impact. Leaders build up other leaders through coaching, sharing the big picture, enhancing skills, complementing, giving constructive insight, and motivating.

An ounce of ownership

Taking ownership and knowing what’s right and what’s wrong is important when leading a team to ensure strong work ethics and values are in place. Also, a leader should never be afraid to own up to their mistakes.

A forkful of forgiveness

Good leaders are forgiving and focus on coming up with better ideas to beat the competition rather than seeking revenge. Be kind and encourage people to try new things. Never blame and always create a culture where people learn from mistakes.

A cookbook of continuous learning

Leaders who stop learning will never have an edge over others. Leaders have to be humble and constantly willing to learn new things to stay relevant.

A spoonful of selflessness

By acting in the best interests of others, a leader will have gained plenty of faithful followers along the way. Good leaders appreciate talents and know what is best for people’s career progression even if it means letting them venture to different companies or industries.

A tumbler of teamwork

Respect and trust are crucial components to make any type of relationship work, especially a mutually beneficial one. True leaders will never take absolute credit for all the good work that the team has put together.

An ice cream scoop of Innovation

Leaders who do not innovate will be in danger of falling behind competitors who dare to take risks. Create an environment where people and teams are encouraged to come up with ideas and always feedback on them so people know their contributions are valued.

Whisk up with Work Ethic

Great leaders make time to grow and evolve. They understand work-ethic means you’re willing to consistently set aside time to evolve your skills. Be the role model for your team!

A true recipe for success! Why not find your own recipe to be the ultimate leader!

And if you need any help at all, we have a range of support from an amazing 7-month experiential Leadership Programme with coaching to a one-day People Fundamentals event. All of our leadership programmes attract 40% funding for SMEs in the York, North Yorkshire East Riding region and any business in the Leeds City region. Get in touch to find out more.

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