7 Secrets To Being The Type Of Leader People Want To Follow

If you have had the pleasure to work for an awesome leader, consider yourself blessed. The people you work for can have a huge impact on your career and future goals. Managers will shape you—either in a good way or bad way. If you’re a manager reading this, how are you leading your team? Are you the type of leader your employees look up to and want to follow? Here are the secrets from top leaders and how they inspire greatness:

  1. They are always on time

Good leaders know others look up to them—meaning, they set the standard.
If they are first to schedule a meeting or an event, they are the first to show up. They make sure the value of attending scheduled events on time and arriving at work on time is important. Their team will follow suit, so a good leader is always on their p’s and q’s.

  1. They respect others’ time
    Managers aren’t the only ones with a lot on their plate, and they realize this. Though employees may have different responsibilities than management duties, they are still equally important. During a meeting, a good manager will efficiently use the time. Once all topics are covered, they promptly end it. Managers and employees alike have to stay on top of their game, so respect for the team’s time is imperative.
  1. They give others space
    No one likes to be hovered. Good leaders give employees their space to do their work without micromanaging. Great managers know their role—they also know they can’t do it all. They delegate tasks to their team, let them get the job done, and are always available if a member needs help or guidance.
  2. They don’t gossip

The LAST thing a stellar leader would do is gossip to employees about other employees. For one thing, gossip is never good to mix in the workplace—but when it’s about someone else on your team? That’s a double negative. Gossiping fosters negative feelings, resentment, and judgment. A good leader views their team members as a part of their “tribe”. They protect them, guide them, and build them up. They do not support or condone workplace gossip.

  1. They never complain

Leaders are people too, and people are going to have bad days. But emotionally intelligent leaders know their behaviors, attitudes, and body language can have a huge mental effect on their team. As a leader, your attitude transcends to the rest of the team. Top leaders know they set the tone, so they always find a way to turn a negative situation into a positive. And if it’s a personal issue? They handle it internally or outside of the office.

  1. They develop others

Top leaders know their job is to help grow their team and develop star players into leaders themselves. Whether this is through mentoring, allowing employees to attend workshops and conferences, or hands on leadership training, they invest in their people.

  1. They communicate

Strong communication skills are crucial, and the best leaders have this skill nailed down. They know one of the best ways to motivate their team is to encourage, give feedback, and praise a job well done. They also aren’t afraid to tackle to tougher situations—like informing where an employee may be lacking and needs to improve. This also goes back to #6… they make sure they are doing their part in developing an employee who needs to improve their weaker areas.

Curious to see how you rank as a leader? Check out our WorkCompass Leadership Survey to discover your strengths and weaknesses in leadership.


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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