Excellent leadership is a well-known part of our culture here at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL). However, becoming a great leader isn’t easy, it’s actually one of most difficult skills to attain. You need to be able to guide a group of individuals to reach a common goal, while at the same time acting in a way that’s responsible and respectful.
As with anything, there is a huge difference between strong and mediocre leadership. The major difference between the two, and the one that matters the most, is that mediocre leadership yields average results and strong leadership creates excellent results. To get those exceptional results, you must first understand what separates a strong leader from a mediocre leader—which is why LNE Consulting is here to share 3 key differences between the two!
Average leaders always have an excuse when something goes wrong. They try to protect themselves and their image instead of acting in the team’s best interest. The problem with making excuses is that it isn’t productive. When you aren’t showing accountability for your mistakes, you are telling yourself, and the rest of the team, that nothing needs improvement. Strong leaders take responsibility for their decisions and always make an attempt to learn and grow from those failures!
2. Tough decisions
As does any company, we have to make plenty of tough decisions here at LNE Consulting—it’s a necessary part of business. As a leader, you are going to be faced with this throughout your entire career. You can either accept that fact and do your best to be comfortable with confrontation, or avoid it at all costs and let your team suffer. The way in which leaders handle these tough decisions is what makes the difference!
3. Accepting criticism
Feedback is essential for improvement. As a leader, you need to realize that criticism is a two-way street! You are not perfect and, if you act as if you are, you will never gain the respect of your team. It takes humility to accept from the people you oversee. Weak leaders avoid this type of criticism while strong leaders thrive on it for improvement and growth.
What are your best tips for strong leadership? Share them with LNE Consulting in the comments below!