Improve yourself as a leader and you will improve those who follow

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By Henry Brown

When you are a leader, people are looking up to you. Plenty of people are waiting for you to show them the way, to help them understand what they need to do and so on. But, how are you supposed to help them improve themselves if you are not willing to admit that you can improve you? The simple answer is that you can’t, and you need to work on this. In this article, we’re going to be looking at some of the things that you can do to improve yourself as a leader, which will in turn improve those who follow you.

Work on being more understanding

The first thing that you need to do is work on being more understanding. Everyone goes through tough points in their life, and they are doing their best to get through despite the things that are going on. This sometimes means that it is going to impact the way that they are working, or how productive they are being. It’s important that as a leader you offer compassion and understanding here rather than just yelling at them to do their job better. It might be the case that you offer to talk to them about it, or send them to a counselor who will be able to help them through this tough time.

If you are showing compassion and understanding, you are creating a new group of people who are compassionate and understanding also. The world needs more of these people, so it’s important to create them, and make yourself into one.

Understand that you don’t know it all

It is also important to understand that you don’t know it all. You probably never will, and that’s okay. But, you should always be seeking to expand your knowledge base, and this can be done through a range of different means. You need to understand the way that you learn best in order to get the most out of learning though, and you should encourage others to know this about themselves as well. For example, if the theorist learning style is what is best for you, when you are next training or learning something new, try to take this approach.

The burden is not yours alone

Finally, to be a good leader is to rely on those around you, and not take the burden all on your own. You want your employees to be able to lean on each other, and you need to show them that this is okay. If you are constantly trying to take things on alone, they are going to do the same, leading to a very divided business.

We hope you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do to improve yourself as a leader. If you focus on improving this part of yourself, you are going to find that those who follow you will also be improved simply because you are better at what you do. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that success is coming your way sooner rather than later.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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