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Action Learning Means Setting the Example As a Leader - Four Pointers to Succeed

Monkey see, monkey do.
Sorry, that may not be a very flattering phrase to use in talking about action learning and leadership development, but it hopefully caught your attention.
And what it illustrates about leadership is worthwhile and instructive.
The example you set as a leader matters greatly.
The way you behave is likely the way your followers will behave.
Here are four pointers on how to create the team you want to lead.
1.
Be trustworthy in order to foster trust.
If you as the leader demonstrate integrity in every interaction, your team members will learn to trust you and will see honesty as a highly esteemed value in the culture.
Be respectful of all on your team and model the behavior you want to elicit from them, such as collaboration, fairness, open but polite discussion of differing points of view, etc.
2.
Be clear and check for understanding.
Your communications should be thoughtful, specific and succinct.
There should be no need to obfuscate (maybe like this big word does) meaning.
Speak as directly as you can and then ask your employees for their understanding to be sure you have been accurately heard.
3.
Don't get personal.
If there are changes you would like to see in the way the team operates, be sure to keep the discussion focused on the situation rather than the individual.
There should be no finger-pointing.
If you need to call someone aside, do so privately, not in a public setting.
There is nothing to be gained by blaming a team member in front of others.
You will only create embarrassment and discomfort among all.
4.
Coach rather than dictate.
Self-discovery is a far more effective way to learn than by being lectured.
When working with an employee, try to ask questions that would lead to answers on their own.
Ask for their opinion on the way a project was handled.
Do they have thoughts on how the process might have been improved? What skill might they acquire that could help the team on the next project? Setting up a dialogue will involve the employee in their own learning and development and put you in the position of a supportive coach instead of a superior.
Think of the leaders you admire.
Consider their outstanding qualities.
Do you try to emulate them? If so, this is the kind of inspiration you want to project as a leader too.
Be the leader you want to be and the team you lead will have the qualities you value most.

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