Leadership tips to the top

1. Employ intelligent people.
Put a strong team together that will generate a force to be reckoned with. If people are intelligent and lazy, even better as they will constantly push themselves to find a more efficient and simplified way forward.

2. Invest in your people.
Gain their loyalty by educating your people. As the team evolves through knowledge, so the organisation improves. Leaders win loyalty through generosity.

3. Know who you are.
Say what you mean and mean what you say so that people will learn to rely on your word.

4. Don’t be too proud to ask for help.
Many people in your organisation are specialists in their field. Tap into their knowledge to find solutions. You will not only empower them to want to help more, but you fast-track the system to getting the answers the first time.

5. Plan your work, and then work your plan.
Don’t compromise your credibility by entering into situations without appropriate research and advance preparation. Leaders plan ahead.

Captains of industry

6. Run short, punchy meetings.
Know what needs to be done before, during and even after a meeting through efficient preparation. Effective meetings generate alert, enthusiastic contributions.

7. Steer the ship.
Even though leaders get caught up in the day-to-day activities of the office place, their responsibility to creatively steer the company in a successful direction is paramount.

8. Attitude determines altitude.
People look to leaders for inspiration and a reason to believe in the product. Your attitude should positively energise others continuously.

9. Lead to achieve.
Everyone wants to be the hero, but this does not mean that you are getting the job done. Drop your ego and achieve the results for the company.

10. Cool, calm and collected.
Maintain a professional tone in all forms of communication. If your good reputation is what you use to leverage your career, protect it like a valuable gem. In an age of transparency and access to information, you cannot afford not to maintain a professional tone.

Cherie Eilertsen

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