Leading isn’t easy but done correctly can be highly rewarding for both you and the team. There are many roles a leader must assume while guiding their group to success. Some of these come naturally while others may take intentional practice.
Regardless if the roles come naturally or not, a leader should always be growing and learning in each of them. He or she should never believe they are the best they can be. When this happens, there is great probability that they will be passed by others and their vision never fulfilled.
As I mentioned above, there are many roles for a leader. In this post, I want to help you identify just 5 of them that I believe are crucial to successful leadership. It is what I call the 5 E’s of Leadership Roles:
5 E’s of Leadership Roles
- Engage – Engagement is one of the most overlooked roles of a leader but one of the most important. Your team needs your attention and wants to know you care. That can only be done through talking with them, working with them, and walking with them. When you engage your team, they feel valuable and will want to do greater work.
- Equip – To maximize a team’s effort and output, they must have the right tools for the job. Invest in your team’s success by providing the right tools and needed resources to complete the tasks they are challenged to do. If you cut corners here, you cut profits later.
- Empower – A leader shares the vision, provides the resources, and shows the direction to their team. From there, they let go and let them run with the plan all while the leader helps them maintain the course.
- Encourage – Just a little encouragement can have great returns. But why stop there? Dish it out and keep your team encouraged daily. There is no need to hold back. Let them know you believe in their work or else they would not be on your team right? Tell them of their value to the vision.
- Excite – We are emotional beings and to lead a group of emotional beings, you want them to be excited. As the leader, you control the temperature and the excitement level. Sure there are some sour Sam’s or Sally’s out there that will not be excited no matter what. But they usually find their way out of an excited team. Your role is to get your team excited about the vision and opportunities and get them moving forward at full speed.
To Your Benefit
Though I just listed 5 in this post, there are many other roles that a leader must assume to properly execute a vision. It is to your benefit to take a self evaluation of your current abilities of these listed and see where you can improve. Some may be out of your comfort zone, but never allow that to hold you back from success. Move forward and become better..