These 7 Simple Habits Will Get You There!
By Peter Economy, @bizzwriter
(Note: This article was originally written for bosses. It has been changed to reflect the role of a PTA leader)
Have you just stepped into a leadership position? Are you stressing out about how you can best carry yourself and your team so that you’re a likable leader while still accomplishing your goals, meeting landmarks, and getting things done? Check out these 7 simple habits that will make you more likable–and more effective.
1. Be friendly
Many people in leadership position appear cold or aloof by forgetting to say hello to volunteers and avoiding small talk. Be kind and approachable by taking steps to greet your team.
2. Make time for people
If your schedule is always booked up with external meetings or obligations, that leaves very little time to build relationships with your own own team. Demonstrating that you have both time and interest in your team’s opinions and concerns–no matter what their position may be–will help build trust in you as a leader.
3. Keep a dynamic character
Even if things go wrong–which they inevitably will at some point–it’s crucial that you, as a leader, maintain a dynamic and flexible character so that you can bounce back from whatever loss your group may experience.
4. Strive for positivity
As a leader with a lot of responsibilities, it can be easy to fall into the trap of negativity. If you maintain a positive attitude, however, you’ll help your own team realize a new world of perspectives–ones that will be much more productive than chronic pessimism.
5. Lead by example
When team members see their leader meeting deadlines in a timely manner, it inspires them to do the same. Don’t slip into the easy trap of thinking you’re exempt from your own rules as a leader. Your team members won’t respect you if that’s the case.
6. Give prompt feedback
Sometimes, leaders are so busy they don’t have time to react to the work their volunteers and team members are doing. If that’s the case, however, many people will feel slighted, unappreciated, and unwelcome. Take steps to ensure that’s not the case by giving ample feedback, and showing appreciation when it makes sense.
7. Be compassionate
The simplest thing you can do to be a likable leader? Be kind. Your team will be happy to work with you.