How to Be An Outstanding Leader, By Being A Good Follower Blog Feature
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By: Molly DePasquale on September 10th, 2015

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How to Be An Outstanding Leader, By Being A Good Follower

Motivational | Sales Management

Did you know that companies whose leadership was rated high in ethics, employee motivation, and communication achieve 20% higher profits?

That’s what the Center for Creative Leadership found. And who doesn't want to increase profits and have strong leadership?

Having these characteristics in your management is indicative of strong leaders. This comes with experience and understanding, but also by first learning how to be a good follower.

Fish following and leadingHere are 4 steps you can take to become a good follower and forge your path to become an outstanding leader:

Step 1: Stay involved

Good followers stay involved in the initiatives around them. They’re the ones who know the ins and outs of organizing a project or task and they know the most efficient and effective way to execute their plan.

In the same way, an outstanding leader will know, or at least try, to be on top of all the projects going on throughout the company. In doing this, a leader opens more in depth communication with employees and is seen as another member of the team instead of just the “person over you.”

Get more involved with employees by becoming interested and engaged in their work. As a leader, you’ll feel more inspired by staying involved with the activities of your company.

Step 2:  Play nice

Playing nice is a golden rule of life and it’s no exception in the workplace.

In the same vein, treating others as you would like to be treated is an essential step in becoming an outstanding leader.

Good employees play nice with their fellow colleagues and try to keep things running smoothly. Any good leader should do the same.

Simply thanking your employees from time to time can make the difference between a good leader and an outstanding leader. Who would have thought that using words like “please” and “thank you” (that you learn as a child) would help you become a better leader?

Step 3: Gain more knowledge

Good employees keep pushing forward. They strive to become better by reading and researching new knowledge, ideas or skills and then implement this newfound information through testing and practice into their everyday work.

Outstanding leaders must do the same. Ongoing development and training, keeping abreast of the industry’s trends, and being open to new ideas are just some of the ways to take your leadership skills from good to great.

Step 4: Work hard

Many times employees are required by their managers to work harder by staying later, completing a project faster, or helping in another area of the company.  By setting high standards, everyone is pushed to go above and beyond.

However, as a leader be sure to also continuously contribute. You need to be ready to put in just as much, if not more work than your team. It’s imperative to lead by example.

Following these 4 steps will enable you to embody the role of a follower while becoming an inspiring and effective leader. As a result, you will be able to more easily identify with your employees and relate to their work. By being a part of team, everyone will be more readily set up for success.

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About Molly DePasquale

Molly DePasquale is the Manager of Operations and Sales Training Strategist for DMTraining. She manages the day-to-day business and training operations while helping research and develop new training programs as well as refreshing signature programs to reflect the newest sales trends, technology, and best practices. Molly utilizes her wide-range of skills to create sales and marketing assets focused on delivering value to DMT’s clients. Molly has a passion for learning and leveraging new knowledge and experiences. Outside of DMTraining, Molly is a hard core Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoys staying active by running and golfing, and unwinds by reading and playing the piano.

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