According to Forbes Women Can Do The Following To Prepare For Leadership
1. Always Be Accountable
According to Webster’s dictionary, preparation is defined as “the activity or process of making something ready or of becoming ready for something.” Simply put, preparation is about being proactive to deliver on a responsibility you are accountable for. A great leader will not allow excuses to become their fall back position. When your a leader, you can never stop being accountable to others and yourself. In other words, when you miss a deadline, lose attention to detail, fail to ask the right questions, etc. – these are moments when you stop being accountable and inefficiencies begin to rise to the surface.Leadership is not about you – it’s about others. Being prepared for the unexpected is what you are ultimately being held accountable for as a leader. Don’t let the unexpected stop you, but continually think and move forward.
2. Pause and Pay Attention To Your Employees
Leaders must move and think quickly, but they must also take time to pause and pay closer attention to their employees. As a leader, you can’t prepare yourself to lead more effectively if you don’t know what is really happening with your employees, their state of mind, their required resources and the support they need to experience success and fulfillment in their work.
As a leader, you must broaden your observation of the things that are happening around you. You can’t keep moving forward if the things you are leaving behind are dysfunctional and broken. Many times employees will not tell you if they need additional support, more tools, better resources and/or assistance with an internal employee or external client relationship. Don’t wait, activate yourself by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty to see what is really going on – so you can help others better prepare before circumstances force their hand.
Instead of putting a Band-Aid on the matter at hand, or enforcing your authority to demand a quick-fix, be a better leader that’s more aware of your employees’ needs and prepares for them more effectively.
3. Be Great At Problem Solving
The demands of the marketplace require that you evolve as a leader. Evolution is impossible without better preparation. As a leader, you must constantly invest in your own skill-sets and capabilities so that you can improve your approach to problem-solving and avoid the unnecessary ones all together.
Leaders need to be better decision-makers, instead of using their authority to organize exhausting, long drawn-out and meaningless meetings with their teams to do the job for them. Great leaders learn how to use their strengths to better prepare themselves for how to solve problems proactively and most efficiently. Time is money and both are lost when problems rise to the surface; preparation allows you to save both time and money as a leader.