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Leadership skills learned from road trips

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Are you looking for ways to enhance your leadership skills? Reading leadership theory can get boring and old fast. Fortunately, there are a plethora of leadership lessons to digest from real-life experiences such as road trips. Here are some tips (from the road) on how to become a better leader!

Tip 1: Always set a goal

Great leaders and road trip enthusiasts set goals. Whether it’s a destination or an increase in revenue, setting sight on a fixed result help leaders navigate their decisions. Many leaders find goals important for measuring progress and staying motivated. Ensure your goals are challenging, yet realistic. Regularly missing goals can deter a team and hinder morale.

Keep in mind the big picture because it can help make smaller tasks seem important. When shared with employees, this can draw connections to how their work benefits the greater goal. Furthermore, encourage team members to set their own personal goals. This strengthens their commitment to work more.

Tip 2: Establish a plan

Mapping a route involves selecting rest stops and meal breaks. Both of these are crucial to keeping energy high, staying focused and reducing internal risks. These same principles apply to leadership. Understand your strengths and weaknesses can assist in delegating tasks to team members. This can help leaders of organizations save time, money and retain employees.

While there are external setbacks that can set your team back. Consistently developing plans that take into account internal strengths and weakness can significantly reduce risk. If time allows, have a backup plan for external factors that periodically occur.

Tip 3: Prepare for setbacks

A flat tire, road closures, and car accidents are external factors that commonly slow down a road trip’s progress. We see similar setbacks occur in workplaces too. Great leaders can calmly and efficiently resolve crisis and problem situations. A general rule of thumb is to always plan on setbacks. This can help leaders stay focused when unforeseen events arise. Instead of viewing setbacks in a negative light, use them as opportunities to learn and grow your team. This can even help you avoid similar situations in the future.

Tip 4: Embrace inclusivity

Embracing new foods, ideas and cultures can increase the impact a road trip has on you. Sometimes, locals of the city, you stop in recommend the best attractions and restaurants. Leaders who apply this lesson to organizations can result in an increase in engagement and a decrease in turnover. Opening yourself to new ways of thinking from different cultures often fosters innovative mindsets. This proves how intercultural communication and diversity produces great benefits for businesses.

Tip 5: Communicate regularly

Traveling across the country with your best friend can be a once in a lifetime experience. Whether it’s learning new things about each other or experiencing a new city together, road trips can bond a team. It’s crucial that leaders keep open, clear communication with their followers. This helps minimize confusion and keeps people confident in you.

Many issues and problems increase in severity when unaddressed early on. Ensuring your team knows the proper communication channels to reach you is an important part of leadership. In fact, some organizational issues can be avoided with clear communication.

Tip 6: Share the wealth

Driving long distances can cause foot cramps and a sore back, which often results in a change in drivers. Having a co-pilot or asking a passenger to replace you can reduce stress and keep a plan on track. Strong leaders who recognize their team’s strengths and aligning those strengths to high important tasks can show a team you value them. Teams that specialize on strengths often lead to productive mindsets. If you ever find yourself in need of assistance, reach out to trusted employees and delegate some tasks. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Tip 7: Failures are okay

Failure has a negative stigma associated with it. Altering the way you view failures can drastically change a road trip or leadership experience. Failures come with learning opportunities. Ask yourself what caused the failure. This can help your team prevent similar situations in the future.

Sometimes failures happen due to a lack of listening. A great leader listens to their team members and addresses their needs or concerns. Keep an open communication channel for employee feedback and make a habit of producing solutions. This can help keep employees engaged and retained. People generally don’t seek out failure, so react calmly when failures arise.

Leadership lessons don’t always come from journal articles or scholars. Some come from everyday life. Identifying everyday leadership moments can help leaders strengthen their leadership capabilities. Remember to listen, include, communicate and set goals with team members to show people they’re valued. This can lead to a focused and motivated team. Set the example and watch your organization flourish.

Leadership Lessons Learned From Road Trips

About Tia Phillipart

tiap@thebusinesswomanmedia.com'

Tia Phillipart is a content writer.

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