Think to back to your past jobs throughout your career. Are there any leaders who you still think about years later? Chances are the reason why you haven’t forgotten this person is due to how this leader made you feel. Being a leader isn’t just about the title; it’s about forming results and fostering relationships. A great leader is aware that their journey is ongoing, and you are continually growing in your role. Whether you are in a newly appointed leadership role or are a more seasoned leader, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself to hold yourself to a leadership standard.

Do you listen and let others have a chance to talk and share their ideas?

A challenge for leaders is listening to the ideas and opinions of others about your leadership or company. Sometimes leaders can get in their own head, and think that their opinion is the only right one. By cutting others out, you are limited to how you can grow. A leader who takes the time to listen is listening to understand their team better and how they can impact the future.

Do others ask you for insights or present questions?

If no one asks for your input, you need to ask yourself why that is. Leaders are coaches and mentors for their team. If your team isn’t approaching you voluntarily, then they may have trust issues, perhaps you are more on the abrasive side, or they can feel you hiding your emotions. To gauge people’s trust in you, observe yourself in the way that you presents questions, concerns, or news.

Do others follow you?

A simple test to determine whether or your team follows you is to turn around. If you turn around and no one is there, than that’s an indication that you still have some growing to do as a leader.

Do you go out of your way to show your appreciation?

While a verbal “good job” is an acceptable way to show your appreciation, it doesn’t go above and beyond what is expected. Sometimes going out of your way to show your gratitude can impact your employee’s attitude and performance. Try writing a personalized “thank you” note that outlines your employee’s hard work or throw a celebration or allow your employee to work from home for a day. These gestures are not only thoughtful but help communicate your appreciation for your employee and all the work that they do.

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