A good leader takes care of their employees and wants them to succeed. A good leader will also empower employees. The ability to delegate is critical to good leadership.
Your team should understand your vision. Your mission and objectives should be a compass for you. Make sure every employee realizes how important they are in helping the company reach its goals. This will build your team as a whole.
Be upfront about potential issues. Business issues can’t be hidden as they once were. Are you wondering why this is? It’s largely because information spreads like wildfire regardless. What’s done in the dark comes out in the light eventually. Control the message as opposed to reacting to it. Leaders that do well follow this kind of a path.
If you’re leading other people you should take the time to let them know what they mean to you. It takes little time to write a note saying “thank you” or “good job” and it may mean quite a bit to a person that’s worked hard the whole day. Little acknowledgements like this can lift their mood and better their day without costing you anything.
Own your mistakes. Everyone makes them. A great leader will own up to their mistakes and admit them to their employees. It demonstrates the fact that you are fallible, just as your employees are. It is okay even for leaders, and it will gain respect and loyalty.
Setting high goals for the team is a good thing as long as you make sure the goals are not unreachable. Doing so can set your team on the road to failure. This will only serve to show that leadership is not your strong point.
No one wants to be a bad leader. Know what it is you need to avoid, and then try and understand what it means when you must lead others. A commitment to doing the right thing while continuing your learning will make the difference for you. This is your decision, and you must make the right call.