Society has taught us that the ones that are capable of going beyond their own limitations are the ones who succeed. No wonder why the most important people in the world and great achievers are also great leaders. Leadership comes hand in hand with success. And in order for us to be able to grow personally, emotionally, and professionally, we need to become leaders. However, not everybody is born a natural leader. It is, in most cases, a skill that we need to cultivate. This is the main reason why we have come up with this article so you can become a great leader. By choosing courage over comfort, you will be able to dare to lead. In the following lines, we will give you tips on losing the fear of being in the spotlight and embrace the responsibilities of a leader. So, without further delay, let us begin.
Getting out of Your Comfort Zone
We know how difficult it is to transform our personalities and get out of our comfort zone. It is an understandable position, especially for introverts. However, you do not have to think of it as a complete transformation of your personality. The idea is to polish the aspects that we all have within ourselves and be able to speak up our minds when we need to. Let us check some tips to help you achieve this important task.
1. Knowledge is Power
I am quite sure that you have heard this phrase. In this particular case, it can turn out to be very helpful. When we do not have much information, we get anxious. Anxiety can tie you and make you feel scared of trying new things. Getting information on the skills or objective you are pursuing is key to getting rid of anxiety. Make sure to research and become familiar with the goals you try to achieve.
2. Plan Ahead
Another issue when trying new things is that even though we have researched about it, we might still be afraid. This happens because we need to have control over some aspects of our life in order to feel comfortable. The secret is to make plans based on what you have researched and come up with a backup plan. Both, your main and backup plan need to be traced step by step and with a clear vision of the possible outcomes. Do not only think in the worst possible scenarios since it might affect your judgment. You also need to trust in your skills and potential for growth.
3. Find Support
It is always a good idea to have someone holding your hand at least at the beginning of the process. Share your plan with someone you trust, so that person can help be motivated. As you progress, you will be able to let go of their hand and walk your own path by yourself.
4. Find Your Rhythm
You do not need to rush into new things. Find your own rhythm and take every step at your own pace. Nevertheless, you should try not to let your anxiety stop you from progressing. Waiting too long for taking a step can lead you to decide on stopping. So make sure to push yourself to advance, even if it is little by little. Do not let others over-push you because this can make you feel insecure. Nevertheless, here are other tips on leaving your comfort zone.
5. Break the Habit
Encourage yourself to try a lot of new things. Even if they are not part of your ultimate goal. This will help you be more confident when perusing new experiences and show you that you have nothing to fear. On the contrary, there is a special pleasure in trying new things. You will grow as you see how a completely new world opens before you.
6. Look to the Bright Side
Do not remain on the dark side of the experience. If something does not come out as you expected, just try again from a different perspective. You will learn from your fails and every failure is a reason for trying new experiences.
7. Become Ambitious
Do not settle when you achieved your ultimate goal. Go for new and bigger goals. Always expand your horizon. You will realize that there is a whole world that you are missing out.
These tips will certainly help you become a good leader or at least to try. But then, there are some important things that make a great leader. Let’s see what they are.
Becoming a Great Leader
Becoming a leader once you have decided to leave your comfort zone and try new things is a lot easier. There are some things to keep in mind, though.
1. Become a Team-Player
If you are used to working alone and doing everything by yourself, try to change your mind about it. Be willing to work as a member of a team. Recognize your teammates as equals and you will have their support. This will also help them trust in their own skills and be able to help the team.
2. Learn to Delegate
This is also connected to the previous tip. Learn to recognize the strength within others and entrust them with tasks that will help them grow. It is never a good idea to do it all by yourself. It can overload you with work and stress.
3. Foster Relationships
A great leader is able to communicate with others. Make sure to communicate what you need to express. You also need to listen carefully for complaints and accept critics. Additionally, when you have complaints, you also need to offer a solution; nobody likes complainers.
4. Motivate Others
You, as a leader, need to motivate your subordinates and team members by giving incentives. Depending on the context (at home, work, etc.), you can give different kinds of incentives.
By following the above principles, you will certainly choose courage over comfort and become a great Leader. Do not forget to always push yourself and be courageous. There is an incredible book called Dare to Lead by Brené Brown about this topic. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is another good book for more advanced leadership skills. That is the secret of the greatest achievers. If you have any other piece of advice, please share them with us in the comments section below.