Top 5 Leadership Tips for the Millennial Woman
Leadership. It’s a topic talked about so much. We look up to people and believe they are leaders. However, we sometimes don’t think we are capable of stepping into leadership because it may come across as a “natural” skill. Leaders aren’t born, they are made! It takes lots of training to become an effective leader in any capacity. The key to leadership is to always be ready to LEARN. You have to open yourself up to be wrong sometimes and highly vulnerable. This is why many people may have the title but can’t live up to it. They don’t want to adapt or be flexible in their path. Don’t let that be you.
You are a leader wherever you are in your life. Whether you are serving your family, church, employees, or employer, your skills in leading must continue to grow if you want to be at your best for the people who need you most. These five tips for successful leadership can transcend across Corporate America, Small Businesses, Ministry Organizations, and more. Great leaders have mastered this:
They care deeply about their employees. It’s not something fake like sending flowers when something happens. They are there for their employees 100% of the time. This is when they make themselves available to show who they serve how to do something with patience. These leaders make it a priority to talk with their followers on a consistent and regular basis to see how they are really doing. In the old structures of leadership, leaders did not care how your personal life was going. It was more important to just ensure they were doing whatever they were told. This is why many companies have failed in our new way of leadership. People want to know you love them. If they know you deeply care for them, they will go above and beyond to perform for your company.
Although your staff knows you care, you are not leading to become their friend. You have to ensure there are firm boundaries and accountability for the tasks at hand. The best thing you can do is confront issues head on. If you overlook issues, they will fester and grow larger than you actually thought it would be. Not only should you do this for those you serve, teach them how to do it too. Let’s face it, they work with each other more than you work with them. Every time a problem arises, your staff shouldn’t just run to you to mend it. Empower them to take control of their own lives and stop giving away their power by running from their problems.
Now that we have dealt with the character of your leadership style, let’s dive into the essence of what your team is building. You have to have an incredible vision for your team. It can’t be something small that can be done easily. Your vision should place inspiration and fear inside of your employees. These sound like two contradictory terms, but they work hand in hand. The vision you cast should inspire your team to dream bigger than they ever have. Yet, it should cause them to fear if it can really happen. What you’ll find is that people who are really on your team might not believe in your vision, but at some point they turn that fear into faith. They start to see if my leader can see it, then I can see it too! If a team member can’t get past the fear, then they have to get off of your team. Vision shows you who’s really the best fit for the dream to manifest.
You have to know what you want and pave a clear path for how you can get there. This is the component leaders lack the most. They don’t share crystal clear goals with their team. It’s not stated exactly what we will be doing to make the vision come to pass. There are no goal crafted, and if they are, they tend to be quite vague. Vague goals produce vague results. If your goal is to bring in 25 new clients to serve in your business, then your team needs to have a method to do this. Deep diving questions can make this an attainable goal:
What is the deadline for this to happen?
Who will be involved in making this happen?
What are the small, measurable goals that can show we are on the right path?
What will bringing in new clients look like?
What marketing strategies will be utilized?
What will attract these new clients?
Who are our ideal clients?
These questions are just at the surface level, but are necessary to gain clarity. Your team has to know the details or else they won’t perform.
When most teams are formed, there’s no development in tact. You must keep your team growing more and more. It shouldn’t be just you as the center of development. Teams must be inspired to get additional training outside of what you’re offering. That’s the type of people who are going to listen to the podcast or audiobook to determine how to get better. They are willing to invest in themselves because they know the results they will attain. You have to be the example though. Extend the books you read to your team. Invite them to be coached by you and introduce them to who coaches you. People learn more by what you do than by what you say.
Jasmine L. Thomas is a follower of Christ, lover of family, a powerful educator, an entrepreneur, and an encourager to everyone she encounters. She is a passionate advocate for educational and Christian-based empowerment amongst youth and women. To live out this calling, Jasmine has a tutoring business and a nonprofit organization – Limitless Learning Tutoring, LLC and She’s Worthy with The Mindset Queen Coaching Program. Jasmine believes that people should be given the proper mind enriching tools to elevate their lives to the next level.