Yes they wonder - are you wise ?
Up above their role so high,
Like a diamond in their sky ….
When my daughter was small , many a time I have seen her in front of the mirror, draped in one of my sarees , lip gloss on her face, my laptop bag by her side, talking to herself . She must have conjured up how my office looked like , how I talk to my team and then created her own dream world.
Similarly, the team emulates their leader. They talk like her. They pick up her traits – both good and bad. So, Being a leader is not easy. The leader has to walk the talk. She leads from the front. She has to walk the tightrope between what is right bas her role in the organization and her personal beliefs.
The following are some of the things which I have practised and they have worked for me .
- Be Courteous–The team is in awe of the leader. She holds a position of power and authority. So when she is courteous and acts in the same way with people at different levels in the hierarchy, she earns respect.
- Be Fair - Fairness is a quality which sometimes in practical scenarios , is difficult to practice. Nevertheless, some leaders do this naturally and some learn. Fairness is one of the key traits of a leader.
- Laugh at Yourself – All great leaders have a huge sense of humour. They have the ability to look at the bigger picture. I have seen tense situations melt away when the leader stood up and had a hearty laugh at herself.
- Open the doors – Both literally and metaphorically. If the leader has a personal office, keep the doors open. It signifies her openness. While talking to the people below you in the organizational hierarchy, make them comfortable. A leader exudes warmth and friendliness. The team does not feel threatened. And once their hearts opens to you, they become your biggest allies. Forever.
And see them shine like diamonds.