Want to be a leader? Here’s what it takes.

Leadership SkillsWe’ve made a promise to our employees to provide the tools and resources they need to be successful with us. For many, success will entail taking on a position in an Experience Leader role at some point in their journey. These are the roles within our company that require creating positive employee experiences in addition to positive resident experiences. There aren’t many people out there who are born experts in tackling such a big responsibility, so it’s important that we strive to foster an environment where leadership skills can be acquired and polished throughout our employees’ careers with us.

Molly Reynold’s recent article, 5 Things Successful Leaders Never Forget to Do, outlines some of the practices that can separate good leaders from great ones. Check out the five habits below and be sure to read the full article to learn how to take your leadership game to the next level!

1. Building Bridges

Never say that you won’t work for those below you or equal to you in leadership status. Leadership begins with knowing how to work for someone you wouldn’t normally choose. Leaders also build bridges by caring about others’ success as much as they do their own.

2. Networking

Communication is more important than ever, and leaders’ interpersonal networks are essential to success. Networking makes leaders more effective because it gives them a vast network of people they can access for resources and information to get things done.

3. Giving Credit to Others

Leaders can utilize credit and praise, extremely powerful motivators, to keep their team excited and inspired. Some leaders–bad ones–will take the credit instead of acknowledging someone else’s efforts. Not only is this unethical, it’s also a surefire way to get on people’s bad side.

4. Being Generous When Things Go Wrong

Effective leaders will always own their mistakes and not look for somebody else to shoulder the blame. Even if you as a leader haven’t personally made a blunder, you should also be willing to accept blame for your team’s mistakes, as ultimately, you are responsible for anything your team produces.

5. Learning to Love Leadership

Leaders who enjoy their positions don’t enjoy it for the power or status that comes with the position, but they genuinely want to impact others in a meaningful and purposeful way. Successful leaders understand the importance of serving those they lead and empowering them to thrive.


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