The key message:
A true leader isn’t characterized by her formal job description, but rather by her influence on other people. To have the greatest impact as a leader, support your staff, build effective teams and allow people to grow and become leaders themselves.
Listen carefully to how your employees are doing.
In our daily lives when most of us ask, “How are you?” we don’t really pay attention to the response. As a leader, you need to change this. In order to establish a connection to the people you work with, try to really listen to their answers: Watch the other person’s body language to try to gauge how they’re feeling; be genuine to establish a new level of understanding and nurture trust.
Suggested further reading: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
In The Effective Executive, author Peter Drucker offers a step-by-step guide to becoming a more productive and effective executive. By mastering a few procedures and principles, you can develop your own capacities as a leader and also support your employees’ strengths, with the goal of improving results across your organization.
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