Great leaders aren’t born that way. They cultivate skills that push them straight to the top. Become one of them by doing these five things.
Interested in boosting your pay grade? Then become the type of manager others will do anything to work for. Become a magnetic leader.
Contrary to popular belief, great leaders aren’t born that way. Most are developed, coached and mentored. (Click here to Tweet this thought.) Here are some best practices you can follow, no matter what your title:
1. Put your employees first
When in doubt, put the interest of your employees before your own self-interests. For example, it may be in your best interest to volunteer your department to chair this year’s charity event. After all, it would be such great PR for you and the rest of your team. But everyone has been working every weekend to complete a project on time. They’re already burned out.
Take a pass. Your team needs a break. There will always be other volunteer opportunities.
2. Go to bat for your employees
It may feel uncomfortable to ask your boss to reconsider a reorganization she’s been discussing with you, but perhaps you no longer feel the plan is right now that you’ve had time to think about it.
Be bold. Let your boss know you’ve had a change of heart. Tell her why, and be prepared to offer alternative solutions. Eventually, your employees will figure out you had the courage to push back when others would have retreated — and they’ll stick beside you in thick or thin.
3. Learn how to “manage up”
In my bestselling book, Suddenly in Charge, I talk about how managing up isn’t about brown-nosing. It’s about developing strong relationships with those above you and throughout the organization so you can get your people the resources they need.
In every organization, there are people who are somehow able to get what they need while everyone else waits on the sidelines. These are the people who have taken the time to build strong relationships up and down the organization. You can bet these types of leaders have no problem keeping top talent on their teams. Take note, and if an opportunity presents itself, ask for some tips.
4. Make yourself visible and accessible
Magnetic leaders are visible both inside and outside the organization. Get involved in an association related to your career. Whenever possible, step up and volunteer to take a leadership position.
You’ll be seen as top in your field based on your affiliation. Don’t be surprised if others come to you seeking advice or a position on your team.
5. Treat people like you’d like to be treated
This one seems so obvious, yet when is the last time you felt someone in management followed this creed?
In my new book, Talent Magnetism, I tell the story of magnetic leader Chris Patterson, CEO of Interchanges, who took it upon himself to personally help an employee who was in crisis. Patterson made it his personal mission to provide this employee with the best care possible during a life-threatening illness. He did so with compassion and conviction. This is a guy who is magnetic in every way.
Magnetic leaders are highly valued by their organizations and are compensated accordingly. It’s not just to reward them for their work; companies know these people are constantly being approached with offers from other firms.
Here’s to stickiness!
Roberta Matuson, The Talent Maximizer®, is the President of Matuson Consulting, a firm that helps organizations achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. Her new book, Talent Magnetism, is now available for download or purchase.