Victor Leung
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Be a better leader

April 24, 2021

It is critical to work toward the goals of being a better leader. It's not about money, strategy, or technology; teamwork, which is both powerful and rare, remains the ultimate competitive advantage. With our leadership skills, we could get everyone in our organization rowing in the same direction, and we could conquer any industry, market, or competitor.

We understand the reality, but we'd be ashamed if we believed in the impossibility of making it happen. Because of the rarity of teamwork, we wish to attain this objective for everyone. Teams are naturally dysfunctional since they are fallible human people.

As a leader, we need to focus on teamwork and we treat our team members to feel more significant, respected and appreciated. Learning to get our hands dirty is an important aspect of our leadership development. Take on new difficulties with courage. Participate in an innovative spirit. Understand our values in terms of contributing to society. Choose to be self-sufficient. We all want to believe we are an important component of the group from an evolutionary standpoint.

In a leadership role, we are skilled at recognizing the broad picture and quickly bringing structure to a problem and providing inspirational strategic leadership paired with curiosity and innovation to address organizational issues. As a leader, we are most at ease and effective when leading via vision and ideas. We are determined, but we are always looking for a better solution and require time to consider and consider alternatives. New and fresh experiences energize us, and we are eager to attempt new things and investigate novel ideas and answers. We were able to adapt lessons from various fields to the domain of leadership development. We might seek out various leaders to coach, compare leaders to each other on different attributes.

Instead of seeing ourselves as a boss, we should see ourselves as a leader.

Boss - Motivates personnel, relies on authority, instils dread, says "I", is to blame for the failure, knows how things are done, makes use of people, takes credit and commands.

Leader - Train others, rely on goodwill, instil excitement, use the word "We", repair the breakdown, demonstrate how it is broken, develops people, acknowledge and Requests

I looked into the differences between a boss and a leader and concluded that they are vastly different. We can improve our life and express our vision to others as a leader. We can choose or appoint the best people for our team, and we can make sure we have the resources to help others achieve. Everything will fall into place if we do these things well.

Being a leader and establishing a high level of trust with others would impact how others perceive us since we would ask for aid from colleagues rather than just telling them what to do. Asking for help, including everyone in achieving goals, and being transparent about what we didn't know all helped us gain credibility. Being a good leader appeals to our innate desire to work together with others.

Being a great leader impacts the lives of those around us, as our actions can positively impact our team and help us meet our goals. We adjusted our leadership style to different people and addressed challenges like trouble working with others. We can make appropriate connections and proactively cultivate networks by leveraging internal and external knowledge, expertise, and relationships regularly and efficiently.

To meet diverse problems, a team requires different skills at different times. As a result, we need to take on more leadership roles and contribute to positive societal change. A leader is in charge of identifying potential in people and processes. A leader has no qualms about coaching and developing potential. As a society, we urgently require a more devoted and bold leader. Managers who instil fear and hurt in others are not needed.

Be a leader rather than a follower. The ability to thrive in the ambiguity of paradoxes and opposites is what leadership is all about. The following are the specific techniques I'll use to achieve our goal:

Fairness, not reciprocity, should be prioritized. Be modest and appreciative for our accomplishments and courageous in accepting our flaws and failures. Empathize with others, especially those who are in need. We are upbeat and open to change. Be devoted to a variety of stakeholders (business, profession, society, and family). We dedicate ourselves to lifelong learning and development for ourselves and others. Have a strong sense of accountability.

In addition, as team leaders, we could select individuals with complementary abilities and viewpoints. we need to participate in a series of group discussions and use each individual's abilities, work style, and priorities. We'd also need to inspire our team and ourselves to document best practices to apply, get feedback from our team on what went well and what didn't, and better manage problems in the future. Our skills as team leaders will develop, and our team members' talents will improve as well.

We can't expect people in other groups to support us as team leaders. We have to persuade them to do so. We could convince them by using influence rather than authority. Generally, people expect some return or compensation for doing something for you. When our coworkers do something nice for us, they hope that we will return the favour at some point, and when we do something nice for them, they feel obligated to do the same. We need to figure out what we can do for the people and groups we rely on to achieve our objectives. Consider how we may assist them in reaching their objectives. As an exchange, they might respond nicely. Warmth is the first step in influencing and leading. Warmth is a conduit for influence; it promotes trust, communication, and idea absorption.

One of the challenges is that we lack an external reputation because we took it for granted within our company. To overcome it, we must establish a strong exterior reputation to be considered for opportunities, and we must remind ourselves that our abilities are sought after and valued by others. Blogging for industry journals, seeking to speak at conferences, and taking on a leadership role in our professional associations are all excellent methods to be prominent in our area, both outside and internally.

Another stumbling block is that we may prioritise our interests over the team’s interests. To overcome it, we'd have to prioritize the interests of our team over my own. I am willing to do things for others regardless of the benefit to myself. We learned how to coach and mentor others. We think like business owners and imagine what we would do if we were the final decision-maker. We are willing to offer a recommendation that would help the organization's overall performance, even if it would be to my unit's detriment. Because we think in the long run, we dare to trust that the prize will eventually arrive.

Fear of public speaking is one of the most fundamental barriers to overcome as a leader. We'd have to overcome it because being a leader also entails being willing to stand up, even if it's an unpopular viewpoint. Even from those who secretly harbour substantial objections, management initiatives generally get the head nodding. In reality, most CEOs crave differing views so that they can make better decisions. You may reach a career plateau if you play it safe rather than expressing your true feelings. We should train ourselves to be good public speakers. We need to imagine ourselves in the future and then try to make that vision a reality. Concentrate our attention on the importance of self-confidence and the ability to take more successfully. Please consider the impact we will be able to have on our company.

The result or key performing index is the finest benchmark for tracking the progress of our targeted aims. Every leader must get things done with the assistance of others. To accomplish the objective, we'd have to figure out what motivates individuals; this is an obvious psychological issue; we'd have to determine what the team members want, whether intrinsic or extrinsic.

As a manager, we must hone our leadership abilities and help our team reach its objectives. We must bring value to any process and generate revenue for the team. Money follows management, according to the age-old wisdom. The opposing side of the same coin is also true: if the administration or the boss mismanage, this is a commercial crime. Our success as a leader would have a direct impact on our company's financial performance. Great leaders are more likely to earn more money, make more friends, and report high professional success and fulfilment levels.

We'd keep a close eye on our actions and conduct weekly self-reflection. We would do for our team to set clear goals, give the team liberty to achieve them, and offer consistent feedback. We can meet more frequently to concentrate on professional and personal development. We can investigate professional aspirations by asking questions like how we might assist them in finding their next tasks. Discussions regarding work-life integration, family, and time for recreation and reflection are all part of evaluating personal growth. To make progress, we'd have to show an interest in and concern for team members' success and emotional well-being.

Managing up to our boss is also critical to our success. We need to cultivate a genuine relationship to benefit from my boss's unique knowledge and perspective.

To be a great leader, we'll need to develop a deep awareness of ourselves, our skills and shortcomings, and how we collaborate with others to make the greatest impact.

About Victor Leung

Software development professional with expertise in application architecture, cloud solutions deployment, and financial products development. Possess a Master's degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance. Highly skilled in AWS (Certified Solutions Architect Professional, Developer and SysOps Administrator), GCP (Professional Cloud Architect), Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes(CKA, CKAD, CKS, KCNA), and Scrum(PSM, PSPO) methodologies.

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