Most people want to change at least one aspect of their lives, but they don’t know how to get started. Making a goal is hard enough, but sticking to it can be even more difficult. Many people want to become better versions of themselves, which often implies that they should make their own paths instead of following the footsteps of others. Learning how to become a leader or a better leader, can be a difficult task to undertake. However, becoming a better leader is just like improving any other skill if you look closer. Here are some tips on effective leadership and how they can be applied in your everyday life.
When it comes to motivation, most people think of it as an internal driving force — without it, you can’t get anything done, or can you? One tip to keep in mind when you are trying to improve yourself, in any way, is that motivation isn’t everything. Sure, it gets a person going, but it isn’t always reliable. Even on the days that you don’t feel motivated, you still need to work on your goals. Otherwise, you are likely to slip away from your ambitions, soon to start from scratch again. Once you get in a habit, you need to keep working on it, motivated or not.
Organization of Goals
One common issue that many people face when it comes to keeping up with their goals is simply how they name them. While this may seem silly, the vaguer your goal is, the less likely you are to complete it. Instead, try to be more specific about your purposes. If you usually say, “Today I will work on my goal,” try saying, “Today I will do ____ to work on my goal.” This is somewhat similar to project based learning. Tasking yourself with something specific and tangible to work on can make all of the difference. This applies to most goals, too, not just leadership milestones. Try it in other aspects of your life and see how it works.
Too often, people assume that to gain one trait you need to lose another. For example, many people who have trouble being a leader are shy or unaggressive. These traits are not inherently bad. Rather than focusing on getting rid of your old, less-than-productive traits, concern yourself with gaining a few new ones. This is likely to speed up the process of becoming a better leader. It is much easier to gain new traits than to get rid of ingrained ones. Besides, some of your old qualities may come in handy in the future, and it would be a shame to lose that part of your personality.
Looking at a goal as a whole can make it seem a lot harder than it actually is. Saying: “I’m going to lose ten pounds,” sounds a lot harder than, “I’m going to work out for half an hour today.” The same sort of mindset happens when a person is trying to become a better leader. Instead of trying to take a leap to your end goal, try to segment it into manageable levels. Instead of “Today I will demand a promotion” try thinking “Today I will suggest _____ to my boss so that he/she knows I am a valuable asset”. In combination with making specific goals for yourself, taking small steps can make a large goal look much easier to accomplish. After all, baby steps have always been easier, and often more productive, than trying and failing to make leaps and bounds.
While it is difficult for a person to improve themselves, it is possible. If you can make a goal, structure it correctly, and play it out in manageable steps, then you are much more likely to reach it than if you would just try to make a leap of faith without preparing yourself for the landing. By working hard and staying focused on your goals you can improve yourself in any way you see fit, including becoming a better leader.