How to Become a Magnetic Leader by Monday

By Roberta Chinsky Matuson President, Matuson Consulting | July 28, 2013

Let's face it. You're a nice person, but given your current management style, it's doubtful you'll win a People Choice award in the magnetic leadership category. But that doesn't mean you can't give the competition a run for their money.

Before we get started, let's define what it means to be a magnetic leader. Think about the best boss you ever had, or if you haven't had a great boss, choose a television or movie boss that you admire. Something about this person made you take notice and say, "I'd follow this boss to the end of the earth," or, "I hope when I become a boss, I'm as good as mine." Responses that I often receive when I ask my clients to think about this include:

  • My boss always put my needs before hers.
  • He takes the time to explain why he is asking me to do something so I have a full understanding of the outcome he is seeking.
  • She's very approachable and never makes me feel like my questions are ridiculous.
  • He tells me the truth even if the truth might not be something I really want to hear.

Simple, right? Easy? Yes, if you are willing to consider making some adjustments along the way. Here's what you can do today to become a magnetic leader by Monday.

Be Present

How often have you had a conversation with someone who was physically there, but mentally absent? Perhaps you were sharing an issue you were having with an employee while their eyes were wandering toward their computer screen? Or they asked you to repeat a question because they weren't listening the first time you asked? Now how many times have you done this to others?

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