Confident Leader

How to be a confident and effective leader and manager

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Sometimes, fear and anxiety can overwhelm us when we have to be in a leadership position. Being a leader requires the ability to lead people in doing a certain task. This can sometimes be a little scary. As a result, here is list of ways in how to be an effective business leader without let the stress and anxiety get the better of you.

Know what the need to know what the task that needs to be accomplished

It is important to know what is expected from you when leading others to a particular task. Knowing what you must do is important and can save you a lot of time and stress. It would be a waste of time if you performed a task for a few weeks and realized that it was a waste of time. In order to determine what you need to do, talk to management on what they want you to do. It can be helpful to write everything down on a piece of paper. Write down everything what management tells you so you have a good understanding of what needs to be accomplished.  This will save you a lot of time in the long run and will save you money in expenses if you do something again because it was wrong the first time around.

Always develop a plan on how want needs accomplished

Its important to get your staff members together and discuss what is expected from all of them regarding a given project. To be an effective leader, developing a strategy is key because you want each staff member to understand what the project will involve. Once everybody understands that the project will entail, it’s important to follow through with the strategy or plan that you came up.  Be open to suggestions from others and always try to find ways to improve your project strategies.

Always encourage ongoing communicate with your team members

It is important to encourage each team member to ask questions and to communicate with one another as each member works together to perform a specific project. An effective leader needs to encourage ongoing communication among the team members so everybody is doing what they are supposed to.  It is important that everyone on the team is on the same wavelength.

For instance, your company needs to develop a new social media campaign and your team is to present the board on how to go about it. The last thing you want is to have your team members assume that they know what is needed and have them do their own thing. Meanwhile the other half of the team is going in another direction. This leads to wasted time and effort. Talk with your team members daily to be sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to.

Prepare for unexpected surprises. Sometimes things happened that might take everyone by surprise. Be flexible and when expected things happen learn to deal with them immediately. For example, some members of the team become sick and are unable to do the tasks. Instead of getting all stressed out just reassign some of the tasks to other people. Another idea is to find someone to help out for a few days. Getting upset when things go wrong can cause a lot fear and anxiety. Being prepared for surprises is important when being a leader.

Do what you can today

Do not put things off when you can do them today. As a leader, it is important to have your team members do what they can during the day. Don’t have them assume that they can do it next week. You never know when something may come up and being efficient on a daily basis can prevent future problems down the road. This will help you to become an efficient leader who can get results.

Learn how to make effective business decisions

A good leader must be able to think things through so that he or she can make smart business decisions. First, get all of the facts and necessary information to make the right decision. Find out the necessary facts of the situation and study all relevant information. This is important because you do not want to miss critical information that could make a difference in your decision. Think about what you want and consider the possible outcomes of your decision. Each decision will lead to new opportunities. Consider the possible opportunities and go from there. Remember that making a business decision is not a life or death situation. If you make the wrong decision, then the next step is to learn from your mistakes and go from there. Learn what you did right and learn what you did wrong. The key is not get so worked up. The decision making process does not have to be stressful. Consider all of the facts and your interest when making a decision. This should help reduce your anxieties in making those important choices.

About Stan Popovich

stanp@thebusinesswomanmedia.com'

Stan Popovich is the author of a popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear.” Stan’s book has received over 400 book reviews and offers a lot of free mental health advice on his website. For more information and some more helpful advice, visit Stan’s website at www.managingfear.com

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