Last night I was speaking at an event on Leadership so I thought I would share with you the 5 things I believe you need to know as a leader:

  1. Know what you stand for – be clear about your values because they drive your behaviour and its your behaviour that encourages people to “follow you” as a leader.
  2. Know your strengths – if you are clear about what you are great at, it is easier to let go and accept that others may have different strengths to you.  The next step is to delegate and then focus on improving the things you are already good at.
  3. Know that you don’t have to have all the answers – how tiring it is when you feel you have to be responsible for everything.  Learn the art of asking great questions rather than showing how knowledgeable you are with an answer.  Its really empowering for your team when they feel valued and are able to get on with what they are good at
  4. Know how to create an improvement culture – you need to to let go of the past, focus on getting input and ideas from others in areas outside your own sector or environment.
  5. Know what to stop doing – sometimes its hard to give up what you think has made you successful, but it always good to keep getting feedback from others and review if its still working!