Most people think that a person must be born with the qualities of a leader in order to be good at it. Shane Radbone CEO, recipient of the Young Leaders Award in Australia and the CEO of Baskin Robbins and 7-11 begs to degree. He was able to build his own business at the age of 20 aside from being a star football player during his younger years. Here, Shane shares some of the tips he learned as a leader for various companies and organizations. He believes that leadership can be taught and anyone can become good at it:
- Bring out the best in your team members. Every day should be used as an opportunity to grow your team members mentally, emotionally and physically. Everyday should be used to help them become better team members by working on their confidence levels and skills.
- Inspiration is the root of many good. All it takes is a good inspirational story or quote every now and then and your team will appreciate it. Everyone goes through bad days and a story of amazing strength or spirit can do the trick usually. Don’t let your team wallow in sadness or disappointment. Be your team’s biggest cheerleader and rally them all the way to the top!
- Go out and celebrate. If done appropriately and with accordance to a team member’s birthday or a well-completed project, celebrations can do much to lift the morale of a team. It also does wonders in invigorating your team’s spirit and motivating them for the upcoming workload ahead. Creating an environment of camaraderie with your team members builds loyalty and strengthens your team as well.
- Set goals and expectations for your team. Goals and expectations help motivate a team to work better and faster. As much as possible make sure these goals fall under the SMART model. This means that each one is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resourced and Timed. You will notice that goals keep your team focused and give them a purpose.
Being a leader is learning as much as you can about your team and wanting to be the best for them. You are there for them when they need you and you will take a bullet for them. Practice these characteristics to be able to establish yourself as a great leader for your team.