A lot of us confuse bossy behaviors for leadership skills, so I’m going to drop some truth bombs to set the record straight.
Being a leader doesn’t mean shoving your way to the front of the line or shouting over everyone else because you think your opinions and ideas are better than everybody else’s and therefore you should call all the shots. If that’s you, nobody likes you. I’m kidding. But they probably don’t like working with you.
Although it’s good to demonstrate initiative and take charge of a situation or project, being a good leader will sometimes require you to take the back seat and let someone else call the shots. Let’s be real here, you don’t know everything! Your ideas are not always the smartest and it would benefit everyone including yourself if you gave others a chance to voice up during collaboration time before collectively making a decision.
Oh, and guess what? Despite what your momma may have told, you’re not amazing at everything, so it’s important to recognize other people’s strengths and talents and allow them to take the lead in areas where they shine. This is called delegating. And if you want to be a prolific and respected leader, you’ll have to learn how to slide a few bites off of your plate and onto someone else’s. Just like we teach teens in Rising Tycoons Academy
Giving up some control will probably make you anxious in the beginning, but you’ll soon learn how to delegate effectively which will make your life so much easier and less stressful. Being a good leader is not easy. It’s important to understand the responsibilities that your position requires. There are people to consider and ideas to sift through and tasks to be assigned and completed, and the success or fail of your team is pinned on you. That can be overwhelming, but like anything else, leadership is a skill that can be developed with practice and mindfulness.