Nine R’s for being a Balanced Leader

Holding a leadership role can be very tricky.  It is like walking a tight rope; it requires extreme balance and practice. Whether you are on an executive board, an older sibling or anywhere in between, the most important part of being a leader is respect.  Giving it to those around you as well as getting it in return.  A lot of things go into being a good leader; however here are the ten R’s of leadership to help make it a bit easier.

  1. Respect.  Like mentioned above, being respected as well as giving it to those around you is the foundation for any leadership role.
  2. Reasonable. Being able to always keep a level head is extremely essential.  As a leader of a group of people, you must have the ability to be the calm one.  The person who is the rock for everyone around you.
  3. Responsible.  With leadership comes much responsibility, knowing how to handle that using time management and approaching things with a level head is the best way to do it.
  4. Reliable.  The people around you need to know that you are going to be able to keep you word.  A leader needs to be trustworthy enough for them to feel secure.
  5. Real.  Be honest! Think about how you would want to be treated and how you would want situations handled.  Keep everyone in the know, as much as possible.  Have the group’s best interest in mind.
  6. Relatable.  Carry yourself in a way that the people around you feel comfortable enough to approach you with problems, concerns, and ideas.  Take what they say into consideration.
  7. Rational. Be fair.  It is extremely easy to allow personal opinions to blur your mind when making decisions.  It is crucial to think clearly and be unbiased.
  8. Resourceful.  A good leader uses the people around them and everything accessible to them to the best of their ability. Meaning if you are on a board with other leaders, use them if needed.  Do not be afraid to ask for help.  That is okay!
  9. Reflective.  Lastly, it is very important to be able to take an outside look at how you are handling situations and your time as a leader.  Recognize your mistakes and learn from them. Every leader makes mistakes, it is what you do with those mistakes that determines if you are improving as not only a leader, but as a person as well.
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