“It’s not enough to be busy, the ants are busy. The important thing is, what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
What actions are you taking on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to establish yourself as a successful leader? It’s a question you should be asking on a regular basis as a way of monitoring your efforts and measuring your effectiveness in the workplace – and in every area of your life.
Your actions really do speak louder than the words you say. If you would like to make a more positive impact, here are a 7 tips to help you back your words with the right actions at the right time, with greater success!
7 Actions That Speak Louder Than Words
- Avoid making promises you have no intention of keeping. Yes, there will be times when circumstances beyond your control prevent you from following through on what you’ve said you would do. Just be sure that those instances are rare. Regularly providing what you’ve promised will mark you as dependable and reliable – the type of person others can trust to ‘come through’ when needed.
- Be relational. Creating good relationships can include offering encouraging words to the members of your team, but more important to most people is the knowledge that they have been heard. Listen well. Respond well.
- Be authentic. While this has become a popular catch phrase in business, being ‘real’ can mean different things to different people. We’ve all known people who are so bent on being ‘real’ that they come off as nothing more than indifferent, routinely offending others. Authentic leaders are comfortable in their own skin while making those around them comfortable, as well.
- Be happy. The person others want to associate with is usually the person who can laugh easily and fully enjoy life. Happy people create a positive atmosphere wherever they are that, in turn, lifts and energizes the attitudes of others. Smile often and watch others follow your lead.
- Be busy. When others see you being productive, it can encourage increased productivity among members of your team. Leaders don’t wait around for something to do, they find what needs to be done and accomplish that.
- Be on time. Just like keeping promises, your ability to keep timely appointments can say a lot about you as a person. And just like keeping a promise, there may be circumstances that prevent you from being timely in your actions. Just remember to communicate with those waiting on you when this happens. Own your responsibility when necessary. Don’t make excuses, just make it right whenever possible.
- Be proactive. Again, leadership is about spotting potential problems and working toward solutions that bring about improvement in procedures, as well as behaviors, in the workplace.
No leader is perfect, but every leader can perfect their skills, behaviors, and actions to create more positive impact and greater success within their organization.
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