Somehow you scored a leadership position – maybe you’re intelligent, maybe you’re a good person, or maybe you just got really lucky. Whatever that reason might be, a funny thing happens when you become a leader. People actually expect you to lead them. So, don’t let your position of authority and influence go to waste. Use it to grow your business, your people, and your future.

But to do this, you must first train your mind to embrace certain mental habits… and to quickly run away from others.

Change is good.

Change is change. You can’t avoid it, and you can’t force it to not happen. Change is going to change things whether you’re ready for it or not, and the more gracefully you can accept these changes, the better off your staff will be.

Multitasking is bad.

Projects, partners, employees – these types of things need and want your undivided attention. Especially when it comes to your employees, if you can express genuine interest and practice unfiltered focus, every piece of whatever it is you’re involved in will feel the impact.

Help is good.

This goes in two directions at once. It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s also okay for you to throw yourself into the thick of things to help your employees out. Humility goes a long way. People will accept, cherish, and appreciate a leader who can admit they don’t have everything figured out and a leader who isn’t afraid to look like just another member of the team.

Avoidance is bad.

A leader who can’t deal with problems from the beginning will struggle to earn the respect of his or her people. Avoidance of a problem will only lead to more problems. Your employees will resent you, and your business will suffer.

Appreciation is good.

People everywhere respond well to positive reinforcement. And if you fail to show your employees the recognition they deserve, you will pay for it with a bad culture and a high turnover rate. You should never be above telling your staff how good they are at their jobs.

Superiority is bad.

The quickest way to become a horrible leader is to act like you’re worth more than your staff. At the end of the day, you put your pants on one leg at a time… just like everyone else does. If you want your staff to respect you and look up to you as a leader, bring your ego back down to their level – because mentally and physically, you’re there already.