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Want to be an inspiring leader? Become a CHAV leader!

‘I aspire to be inspiring’…  Is this one of your top business goals?  Do you strive to be a leader with employees who are passionate about their work, stay loyal to you as well as the organisation, deliver to the highest of their ability and are always looking to develop themselves and their work?  I would say a very large proportion of you would answer “yes”.  So how can you achieve this?… Adopt the CHAV approach!

According to an article on TrainingZone by Tim Hawkes, there are four key elements to the CHAV approach you need to address and become accomplished with to ensure you are the inspiring leader you aspire to be…

Consistency

Change is important to ensure your business and team continue to grow.  However, constantly changing your approach and rules will completely throw your employees into turmoil and apprehension of how to act.  Instead, focus on consistency of your message and approach throughout implementing change to secure growth in your team..

Humility

Do not put yourself on a higher pedestal; lead with humility.  Focus on treating others with the respect you wish to be treated with and value others’ opinions and ideas; taking the time to recognise and appreciate their contributions.  Demonstrate your openness and take the time to explain why you have made certain decisions.  Lead by example and make sure you do not fall into the trap of ‘one rule for yourself and one rule for everyone else’.

Authenticity

Understand yourself and your own core value and beliefs and how these drive your actions.  Authenticity leads to higher levels of confidence which will help you when making decisions and progressing through change.  Holding high levels of integrity will increase the trust levels in your work relationships.  ‘Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity and authenticity’  comments Tim Hawkes.

Vision

What is your vision of where you want to go?  What does success look like to you?  How will you achieve this?  You need to have a thorough understanding of your vision to ensure that you can communicate this clearly to your team.  When communicating your vision, make sure you display the enthusiasm and passion that you feel so that this is transferred to your team.  Keep your goal at the forefront of your and your team’s mind and direct actions to ensure success.  However, remember your role as a manager and spend time speaking to your team to understand their career and personal aspirations and provide the support they need to reach these.

Why don’t you try out the CHAV approach to being an inspiring leader?  Will these four key points help guide you?

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