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8 Signs That You’re An Amazing Leader That People Love To Work With

8 Signs That You’re An Amazing Leader That People Love To Work With

In today’s competitive market, the job of a manager is not easy. A manager and leader is responsible for recruiting, training, monitoring, engaging, motivating, anticipating, aligning, evaluating, disseminating, adjusting, predicting, guiding, reinforcing, recording, identifying, planning, and building teams. If you miss one of these responsibilities, your performance will be questioned.

A management role is not the route to power, neither is it a ticket to an easy life with minimal work. It takes lots of courage to step up to lead in any organization. But no one will follow if you’re not leading your team for the right reasons. Talent always seeks out other talent, and talented employees follow leaders who can inspire them and make them better. Here are some qualities that make you a well-liked leader who draws and develops the best talent.

1. You provide direction

Great leaders always provide clear direction by eliminating obstacles and making the path free of distractions. They streamline processes, discover resources, and keep all sorts of interruptions at bay. A great leader understands the problems and issues of employees and fixes them by putting their employees’ interests first.

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2. You groom talent

Talented employees really care about their futures, and they tend to follow a leader who can get them there. A likeable leader helps people to understand the business by showing them every part of the operation to improve their skills. Your best people want to climb. Like it or not, this job is temporary to them. Employees only perform better if the leader is keen to develop and groom them in their field.

3. You give personal attention

The best leaders always provide personal attention to their people. They are keen to mentor and train associates, knowing negligence only gives bad habits, inactivity, and disengagement. They offer regular advice on performance, knowing the best employees crave honesty and dislike sugarcoating. They care about their colleagues and connect with them on a personal level, knowing their personal matters influence their success as well. The best leaders make their subordinates feel valued and inspire them to do things that will make them feel and perform better.

4. You listen to people

One thing that separates great leaders from good ones is a willingness to learn. This is one area in which true leaders excel. They are continually asking questions, voraciously inquiring, and are never fully satisfied. They utilize their abilities and recognize change as an opportunity to learn. The fastest way to lose credibility among peers is to lose touch with the current situation — and show no interest in catching up.

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Great leaders always stay updated, they aren’t afraid of setbacks and criticism, they’re open to constructive opinion and debate. They don’t keep grudges or discourage anyone when they’re wrong. Instead, they focus on solutions and moving forward. In a nutshell, real leaders absorb feedback and take action. Even when they fail, people know their voices were heard by their leader and the process was fair.

5. You give people ownership

Top leaders give their people ownership at work. They don’t stand over them to ensure each and every task is done in a particular manner. They turn their employees loose to discover, test, learn, and understand. They perform their roles by asking questions and providing guidance. In simple words, they give people space to find out how to resolve problems themselves. Through their trust and provision, they encourage improvement. In return, they get respect and loyalty.

6. You establish excellence

Great leaders don’t “demand” excellence — they establish it by setting an example. They put themselves in an employee’s shoes. Under a true leader, employees set their bar high and big things are anticipated every day. Great leader make employees set goals to keep them focused and out of trouble. They push continuous learning to keep workers active and demand results, regardless of standards, politics, and difficulties.

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A great leader understands where you are in terms of knowledge and skill and nudges you on to the next level.

7. You weigh potential

Good leaders don’t just hire people for just a particular job, they also weigh their potential. They don’t look or focus on what an employee can’t do or what others say about them. They focus on what they could do. Amazing leaders look for opportunities to help their talented employees build confidence. Great leaders see what other leaders can’t because they look for it — and they gain the rewards as a result.

8. You lead by example

True leaders are the ones who inspire devotion, trust, and brilliance. They hold themselves accountable to the same rules and regulations as those they lead. They lead by example and view their employees as equals — and they don’t hesitate to get their hands dirty with them. Before judging others, they focus on their own behavior and weigh what’s important and what’s not. That’s exactly how they know what is actually fair, and their people know that they’re being treated fairly too.

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Featured photo credit: The Natural Step Canada via flickr.com

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on April 19, 2021

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

3. Move Your Body

A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

4. Connect With Another Person

Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

5. Use Your Imagination

When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

Final Thoughts

Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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