How to Become an Exceptional Leader without Fear or Intimidation

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

shutterstock_169678448"Lead through example and inspiration, not through intimidation, pressure, and fear." - Patrick Stafford, Writer, Editor, Journalist 

When workplace leaders approach their team with intimidation, pressure, and fear it can and most likely will cause problems. Problems with communication, collaboration, productivity, and engagement just to name a few. 

If an employee feels intimidated by their leaders, the last thing they will do is communicate openly with him or her. This in turn, will lead to a decrease in overall productivity since the employee feels as if they cannot approach their superior because of fear. It can be the fear of multiple things: rejection, reprimand, failure, incompleteness, discouragement, etc. All together, this makes for a disastrous approach to leadership.

Leaders should lead through example and inspiration! The best kinds of leaders are those who know their team and seek to help them grow professionally and to build their knowledge and skills. Those in leadership roles should inspire their team to achieve success and also should motivate them to come and do their best work everyday! 

A leader needs enthusiasm and the ability to engage with their team on a daily basis, always encouraging growth, collaboration, and innovation. With this type of attitude towards leadership, teams' productivity will see better results, they will be more engaged in their work, and will seek to overcome obstacles they face. 

The best leaders are:

Empathetic: They are connected to people in their organization at every level. They see the value in each person's contributions and appreciate and encourage them just the same as they would the people on their specific team; every person's contributions boosts the success of the organization.

Trustworthy: Trust is what builds a good team. Without it success is doomed. It's that simple. 

Team oriented: Leaders should be the person who works for the team, not the team working for the leader. Having leadership that sees this approach to be more valuable will see more communication and trust from their team. Collaboration will be higher and the team as a whole will recognize each other's value to the organizational goals. 

Approachable: This is very important. A leader must be approachable because of all their roles, especially that as a mentor. If their employees feel as if they can't approach them, then less people will come to them for advices or problems they are facing, causing miscommunication and possibly conflict among the team.

Problem solvers: As a leader, one must be able to approach conflicts with a mindset of coming to a solution. Sometimes issues arise that seem like they are too big to find resolution. Conflicts can also be awkward and daunting. The role of the leader is to understand the problem though, and discuss possible solutions with all those involved. Through leadership, mentorship, and their willingness to learn from these issues, leaders will become great problem solvers.

These are just a few characteristics of an exemplary leader. Think about how these things could change the way your organization functions. All these combined (along with many other traits), can boost an organization's production and engagement...all because they have great leaders guiding them along the way. What other traits do you know that make for exceptional leaders in the workplace? 

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