same time, feeling accepted as a leader is by no means a right or as a result of your seniority. So what can you do as a leader to demonstrate your leadership credentials?
Sometimes things will go well and at other times things will not go so well. As a leader who wants to demonstrate your credentials, you need to be willing to take responsibility whether things go well or badly.
Don’t blame external factors
The economy goes through good patches and bad patches. Leaders recognize this and don’t look at external factors to justify non-delivery of agreed results. Instead they look for ways of achieving despite the external factors.
Acknowledge the contribution of others
It does not matter how good you are individually, you recognize that achieving great results is a team effort. Don’t fall into the trap of failing to publicly acknowledge the contribution of others to achieving results.
Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses
Good leaders are aware of what they do well and what they don’t do so well. They then focus their attention on the things that they do well and build a team of people around them with complementary skills.
Be honest with people
People may not like to hear the bad news but they will respect you more if you are honest with them. Being open with your communication and not making promises that you cannot keep can make a huge difference.
The Bottom Line
No-one has the right to lead and you need to continuously demonstrate your credentials. So what steps can you take to keep building your leadership credentials and achieve more success?
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Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.