Leadership: Are you bringing out the best in others?
I had the privledge of sharing my knowledge of psychology with the swim coordinators and swim teachers at Edinburgh Leisure. I covered the topics of leadership, motivation and communication in a three hour workshop at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
When reflecting on a Good Leader, the participants came up with qualities in line with the research and also, were able to recall the memories of being around a positive leader.
A good leader:
Gives praise and encouragement
Listens and doesn't interrupt
Gives people responsibility
Helps with goals
Enjoys what they do
Gives you time and listens
Organised and prepared
You have trust in them to stand up for you
So what does the person who makes you feel the worst? Who de-motivates you or makes you feel bad?
So are you a good leader or a bad?
A lot of being a good leader comes down to communication. We can tell a lot about a persons feelings from their non verbal body language. In fact, it's supposed to tell you more than words itself. Being a good leader is someone who is intuitive and can pick up non-verbal cues.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.