Shane Radbone has been a football star, a young business entrepreneur and a community service president. He is also the recipient of many awards including The Young Leader Award in South Australia. Authentic leadership skills are one of the topics of his motivational speeches around and outside of Australia. Here he shares some valuable advice on what it takes to be a leader no matter what you do in life:
- You must have genuine care and affection for your team. When you show that you are concerned about their well being or circumstances in life, you are putting yourself on their side of the fence. They begin to feel an affinity for you because you are not only thinking about yourself. Showing a concern for your team members also makes them more open to you.
- Always be visible to your team. Holing yourself up in your office will only result in animosity and isolation. Walk around the office everyday with a simple “Hi”. Making yourself available this way opens up concerns from your team as well as suggestions and recommendations. Keeping an open environment is essential for the growth of any business or organization.
- Have weekly meetings. Meetings keep everyone up to date on the goings on of your organization. They also keep everyone productive and on their toes. Your meetings should be fast, to the point and action –oriented. Make sure that everyone is able to make a contribution and each one is able to express his concerns. Anytime that a good point is brought up, acknowledge it.
- Your team must be trained regularly. All employees must undergo training for whatever industry they are in at least two days a year. This keeps their abilities and skills sharpened and their goals focused. Also be on the lookout for suitable courses that your employees can take. Making your team undergo training also shows that you are concerned about their well-being and want the best for their careers and futures.
Like success, Shane Radbone Baskin Robbins CEO, believes that leadership is a state of mind. It must start with a firm belief in your mind and the rest will follow. Attitude is everything when it comes to leadership and success.