The 5 Leadership Practices you MUST Have
Implement these 5 Practices
Growing as a leader requires you to pay attention to very specific practices. Before your leadership began, you were responsible for yourself. Now, you have to ensure that your actions will be beneficial to a large group instead of just you.
How does that leadership work? How do you make sure that you’re doing what is best for the group? Here are 5 practices that you should incorporate into your daily life. Some are simple and just require a different way of looking at things; others will take time and effort to implement.
Learn from the Past
Leaders and non-leaders alike need to learn from their past. But this isn’t just learning, it’s growing and building on the past. If I attempted to revolutionize the mouse-trap market by building a better mouse-trap, but every time I tried I came up short; should I quit? Or should I learn, grow, and build on those experiences to succeed? A true leader learns from failure and doesn’t see them as final. A smart leader looks at the past, and uses it to build the future.
Keep Moving Forward
When a hard decision comes up, our natural tendency is to brush it aside, tuck it away, or try to “worry about that when the time comes.” This leads to a lack of forward movement, and subsequently stalled growth. Don’t get bogged down by paralysis by analysis! Gather the facts and make an informed decision, if you’re still stuck, consult with mentors. Once you stop moving forward, it’s difficult to get started again.
Play on Momentum
When you’re always moving forward, it’s easier to stay moving forward. But don’t just ride the wave; because it will eventually crash (take a look at what happens if you try to ride the wave). Instead, use past successes to push new successes even further. Momentum is hard to regain when you’ve lost it.
Put Others First
If it’s all about you, then you won’t last long. But when you lead in order to help other grow, your leadership will blossom. Using that momentum, push others toward greatness. Provide resources and mentorship in order to create a better environment for everyone. When those under you succeed, you succeed and everyone else around succeeds.
You Aren’t Your Work
In the pursuit of leadership we have to learn to separate ourselves from our work. That work-life balance is hard for many, especially when they view their career as their hobby. But if you put family first, create deep relationships, you can build your company (or whatever group you’re leading) to a point of being self-sustaining. The goal of leading a group is to one day leave that group.
Big Sky Collision Center Trains Leaders
Here at Big Sky Collision Center our goal is to build leaders. Every individual that works here goes through leadership training. They are pushed to greatness, they are encouraged, and they take ownership of their work. The result is that we rapidly surged to the best auto body shop in Billings (and beyond Billings as we have shops in Livingston and Bozeman as well).
Our emphasis on leadership means you get better service.