Demonstrating Confidence and Competence
Confident leaders show their self-control and resilience. They don’t get discouraged when there is a setback or mistake. They encourage followers who need direction or motivation. Leaders are the people who team members will turn for help. Team members expect their leaders to be knowledgeable about and able to accomplish tasks. Competent leaders make sound, logical decisions and guide their teams through uncertainty.
Seeking Diverse Points of View
When you lead by example, you want to encourage honest communication and be open to new ideas. Be willing to consider alternatives to solve problems. Leading isn’t about being right all the time or having all of the answers. People you don’t like might have good ideas or a fresh perspective.
Influential leaders know the importance of good communication. Your communication skills are about more than just giving information. It’s about having the skills to lead, build your team, and mentor.
All good leaders know how to listen to their team members. They also know how to watch non-verbal messages and be aware of the emotional content of what others say. They use eye contact to let others know they are paying attention.
Creating Shared Understanding
Creating a shared understanding of your team’s goals is vital to success. As a Cadet leader, you ensure your team understands its tasks. You also recognize misunderstandings and correct them.
Using Engaging Communication Skills
As a Cadet leader, you need to be aware of what your voice and body language communicate. When you talk with your team about a project, speak with enthusiasm and maintain eye contact. Use gestures and visual aids if needed. Express yourself clearly and show respect in your communication with others.
JLBC Cadets, Influential JLBC leaders, attempt to strive to leave a JLBC organization better than they found it. Developing people and teams require leaders who create a positive environment, prepare themselves, motivate others, and encourage others to be good a good steward of the profession.
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