Steps to Becoming a Good Leader

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1. Develop a master plan. What are your goals? What are the organization's goals? How are you going to reach them? 2. Develop a leadership style. To manage people, you need to know how you're going to do it. Be comfortable with the leadership style you choose, and it will lead to future success. 3. Know the risks. Making any decision has its risks. Know the risks involved and whether the organization can afford to take them. 4. Get the authority you need. You need authority to achieve goals. If you don't have enough, get assertive. Tell your superiors you need more authority to make decisions. 5. Be decisive. Don't get caught saying, "Let me get back to you." Consult staff, but you make the decisions. 6. Be firm. If you believe in your decisions, then stick to them. However, be open to suggestions and be flexible.

--Do you have a clearly defined leadership style? --Does your group have clearly defined working conditions? --Is your group organized? --Can you communicate with employees? --Do you consult staff before making decisions that impact them? --Can you write effective letters and memos? --Do you make effective decisions? --Do you act quickly and responsibly? --Can you gather information and present reports based on the information? --Do you use your time and resources effectively? --Do you devise efficient and effective plans, procedures or methods to carry out work?

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