Being a an effective, inspiring and well-respected leader isn’t easy.  There are actionable ways you can be a better leader for your people and company.  While some of these tips may serve as important reminders, others you may never have considered before.  Keep an open mind and test out what works best for your style.


Lead by example

Leaders need to show, not just tell. If you want your employees to be punctual, make sure you are on time. If professionalism is a priority, treat everyone you interact with courtesy. Set the tone for your employees.

Humility can go a long way

A true leader shares the spotlight and is comfortable crediting others. While it might seem counterintuitive, being humble takes more confidence than basking in glory. Your employees will appreciate it and rise to the occasion.

Communicate Effectively

Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but they also know the importance of listening. Communication is a two-way street.

Keep meetings productive

Time is money, so limit the time wasters during meetings. Meet about necessary items and prepare an agenda ahead of time.

Find a good mentor.

The best leaders know when they need help and know where to turn to in order to get it. Nobody can know everything, so finding someone you trust for advice when things get tough can make all of the difference.

Be emotionally aware

Business is ultimately about relationships between people. To make these relationships last, you need to be emotionally intelligent. Use your head to do what’s best for the company, but don’t forget to have a heart.

Learn from the past

Think about what the people you admire do well and consider what went wrong for others that ended with unsuccessful careers.  Lessons can be found everywhere.

Never stop improving

Great leaders are constantly learning and trying to improve themselves. There’s always something that you can work on or a new skill to master. Be sure to keep your mind open to new ideas and possibilities.