Are You Easy to Follow? 10 Things Great Leaders Know and Do

Randy Conley is right on target in this article on Leading with Trust. He asks a simple question to leaders, “are you easy to follow?” His 10 characteristics of great leaders are consistent with my observations as well. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Leading with Trust

Easy Way or Hard Way“He’s a pretty easy guy to follow.”

That was the response from a friend when we were recently talking about how much she enjoys her job. She’s worked with this person for several years, they have a great rapport, and she loves her work. She said the fact that her boss is easy to work with is a primary reason for her success and job satisfaction.

Her statement got me thinking about my own leadership. Am I easy to follow? I’d like to think so, but of course, the only real opinion that matters is that of my team members. Considering leadership in general, what makes a person easy to follow? I think the answers are pretty straight forward and common sense, but often not common practice because our own personality quirks and baggage get in the way.

As I’ve considered this question, the following 10 leadership practices have come clear…

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One Kind Word

One kind word can change someone's

Today, one of my colleagues gave me the ultimate compliment.  In front of my boss and several other senior leaders, he told me something very meaningful.  He said, “You are making a difference.”  As leaders, most of us spend every day trying to make our teams and our organizations better and many days it’s hard to tell if we are making progress.  So when someone takes the time to acknowledge your efforts are working, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

It reminds me that, as leaders, we can’t forget to let people know when their hard work is yielding positive results.  Our compliment may be the only positive feedback they have heard in weeks.  We should never forget that a kind word can really make a difference in someone’s outlook.

So, look around you.  Who is making a difference on your team?  Let them know today!