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7 Steps to Become an Effective Leader

Jov wants to know how to become an effective leader. She is young, ambitious, and intelligent too. But more importantly, she really wants to make a big difference.

If you are like Jov, or even someone twice her age, I want to show you simple steps you can start doing to become an effective leader.

If you really want to become an effective leader, you can find more than seven ways to achieve your goals. You can read leadership books, watch Youtube videos, enroll in online courses, volunteer to help causes, and take the initiative at work. You need to want it first.

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If you are working, these steps can easily get you promoted fast. You’ll be irresistible. Companies search for value-added professionals.

The following are seven steps that will show you how to become an effective leader.

1. Be a lifelong learner. You’ll never know everything there is to know about your job. Make a point to learn something new every day.

It is said that one has to invest 10,000 hours in his craft to become an expert.

If this belief is true, then you only need more than two hours and a half of daily deliberate practice to be an expert in ten years.

If it took you 16 years before you achieved your bachelor’s degree. What if you have invested at least three hours in deliberate training?

Another ten years invested in your craft is not that long given the number of years most of us spent to become non-expert.

Get yourself educated every day. When you do, you will amaze yourself because you will learn many things you have not imagined before. Learning also gets easier.

2. Stretch your comfort zone. Are you afraid to speak in public? Join Toastmasters or join my Speaker’s Circles. Or enroll in a theater class. To become an effective leader, it helps if you stretch yourself each day.

This is not even going out of your comfort zone. No, you are enlarging your comfort zone. By stretching yourself, you are jumping off a cliff. You are safely improving yourself.

Trust me when I say that there is no box. The box most of us are in today is our own making. Every time we stretch ourselves, we gain confidence, and we learn better.

Note: I will resume my Speaker’s Circle project in 2022. Send me an email if you are interested to join.

3. Spend some time in someone else’s shoes. See what challenges your clients and your boss face, and learn from them. Use your learning as a basis for improving your responsiveness to their needs.

I call this observation. And observation made me learn twice about everything.

Imagine what will make your boss and clients happy. You become an effective leader when you deliver what people expect from you. Becoming a leader does not happen when you were given a title. It happens when you get your promise done.

If you are a supervisor, you become a leader make your direct reports happy. No, you don’t have to be an entertainer. But you have to deliver a promise, even if not expressed.

Your people want to achieve their goals. They want to do it easily. They want to enjoy a work-life balance. If you can give these to them and some more, then you are an effective leader.

4. Break out from your old paradigms. Change your way of thinking and believing so you can change the way you do things.

Look at your work from a new perspective. There will be people out there who will make you hate work.

Some of them will say that the best thing in life is to go easy, build your downlines, and earn your passive income anywhere. Yes, I got these ideas from MLM recruiters. I honestly believe that some of them are really good at what they do. They are great recruiters. They earn millions too. I also believe they are less than 1 percent.

Do not allow these people to poison your mind. They do not know what work means to you. They do not know what entrepreneurship means. They do not know that network marketing takes hard work. Those who succeed in that business were never passive. They worked more than eight hours a day.

Work is an opportunity to be of service to others. Work is an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. This is the very reason why I encourage you to work for the best.

And yes, entrepreneurs work harder than anyone else. And those who know how to lead people have greater have sustainable success.

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What is your leadership paradigm?

5. Be flexible. Refuse to let your mind close itself to new ideas and ways of doing business. Do not tell me that you are 65 years old and your life is done. Life is never done until you are gone.

You are not done till you are dust.

You are not too old to listen – really listen — to what others say and learn from their experience.

I have learned to never overestimate my knowledge and underestimate others too. I think everyone must be flexible and must be elastic so they learn more.

I know people in government service who are just waiting for their retirement even though they are still in their 30s. Being in government is the most stable job.

But that post also gives one opportunity to make a difference while getting a good salary. A government employee can become an effective leader by going beyond the ordinary.

6. Jump at opportunities to take on responsibilities. You should try new things. That’s how you grow. Complaining will not produce anything. Waiting will not make opportunities come.

Expect opportunities. And when you cannot find one, make one. You will become an effective leader when you have eyes for opportunities.

Find opportunities to teach, motivate, and inspire your people. You can start by catching them doing something good. Highlight these good things.

If you understand how your company makes money, explore opportunities where you can help. If this is not your cup of tea, stretch yourself. Become more business aware. Develop business acumen. You will discover that what successful people know is not as mysterious as they appear to be.

If you are new, take every opportunity not only as a challenge to prove yourself. Take each challenge as an opportunity to learn.

7. Volunteer for assignments outside your assigned tasks. This is one way of making opportunities. Doing so will make you learn more skills, cultivate your strengths, spend time in your co-workers’ shoes, and break out the old way of thinking. And by the way, this will also make you more promotable.

You don’t have to wait for someone to tap you. If you know that you can be of help, tap yourself. Sell the idea that you can do something for your organization.

Let me share with you this story.

When I was a new teacher in this school, I learned that they’ve been joining interschool writing contests. They picked the top 3 students from each year level and had someone an expensive professor trained these students. But they have not won a single contest.

I told the school directress that I can get this job done. They don’t have to pay me. (Not yet!) I am pretty sure that they’ll pay me later when they see good results.

To cut the long story short, they realized the remarkable improvement of the school paper. It won a number of awards. And the staff won individual awards in inter-school competitions.

I know that something can be done and I took the risks.

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I just shared seven steps that can help you become an effective leader. Go back to each one. Pick one that you can do this week. Pick one that you can do today.

The secret of becoming an effective leader is not knowing what to do. It is in doing what you know.

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Why Good Leaders Are Good Followers. Some leaders believe that they don’t answer to anyone. But, just like many megalomaniacs, they die hated. Good leaders are good followers. Understand what it means and find out how you can spread this principle in your organization.

When Leadership Lack Malasakit. We need leaders who have creativity, courage, and compassion in times of crisis. You will know the character of your leadership by the amount of your malasakit.

Give 10x More. Leaders are multipliers. First, they try to increase their value tenfold, a hundredfold, and a thousandfold. One person cannot change a nation. But one person who can inspire millions can make people embrace their power. So, never underestimate yourself. Multiply your value tenfold.

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