Lead the Team: How to Become the Person Others Want to Follow

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Successful Leader People Follow?

You can become the leader that other employees want to follow.

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Leaders are hard to find—at any level of your organization. Leaders exhibit a unique blend of charisma, and character traits that attract people to follow them. They exhibit the other nine characteristics around which this article series was developed as well.

But, mostly, as they exhibit these leadership traits and characteristics, they become the person that —even choose to follow given the opportunity. 

can't just walk into a room and say, "Hey I'm the leader. Follow me." If you're the boss, to a certain degree, but the followers you attract will be compulsory and not following you by their own choice.

They will heed your advice and , but it is involuntary followership to a large degree.

Leaders understand that to actually lead most effectively and successfully, they need to attract people who want to follow them. 

How Leaders Attract Followers

Leaders recognize their need to attract followers. Followership is key to understanding leadership. To follow, in which the leader is headed. To have this level of confidence, the leader must have , the , and the to reach the outcomes.

Then, employees are in accomplishing the stated objectives. They have the framework that they need to guide their own actions. And, do want to guide their own actions. You will fail as a leader to your best employees if you ever forget this fact.

One of the key factors in whether is that the employee has confidence and trust that the leaders know what they are doing. This confidence gives employees the control they need for their livelihood and supporting their family.

Further, leaders people follow are accountable and . If progress towards accomplishing the goals ceases, to analyze the problem—they don't search for people to blame.

Consequently, people can have confidence that for their efforts if they take reasonable and responsible risks that are well thought out and well-founded. They are accountable and responsible to deserve their leader's .

Followers Expect Leaders to Recognize and Reward Them for Their Success

Followers need to believe that, at the end of the journey, for their contribution. The leader must help followers answer the question, “What’s in it for me?" Successful leaders are inherent in the chosen path as well as the potential rewards.

They communicate, not just the overall direction, but to successfully and skillfully carry out their responsibilities. They recognize that for their followers to perform most effectively they need to understand the big picture.

They also know that their job is to remove barriers that may have a negative impact on the employees' success—not to .

They need to know . They need their leader for guidance and to help remove any barriers they may experience along the way. Mostly, they need the assurance that their leader has and .

If any of these factors are missing, leaders will have a tough time attracting followers. At the end of the day, it is the entwining of the relationship of the leader with the followers that makes their organization or portion of the organization succeed.

When the Leader Is Also the Boss

Occasionally, the leader is the person who is in charge, the founder of the business, the CEO, the president or department head. Leadership qualities magnify the ability of an individual to attract and retain the all-important followers.

In fact, business owners can count on a based on their ownership and title. Longevity, too, plays a role in attracting and retaining followers. People who have are likely to continue to follow unless they lose trust in the leader’s direction.

But, never forget, no matter what your position is in the organization, even if your current job is a valued contributor, you can want to follow.

In fact, in organizations, one of the to positions such as team leader, supervisor, or department manager, is that they have demonstrated over time .

Characteristics of a Successful Leadership Style

Much is written about what makes successful leaders. This series will focus on the characteristics, traits and actions that many leaders believe are key.

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