by Theresa Bradley-Banta

— A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu

Wow. Awesome quote, isn’t it? Imagine having a great team who feel valued and happy working with you. So how do you demonstrate leadership and create a collaborative work culture at the same time? What leads to an innovative working environment?

30 extraordinary ways to inspire yourself and your team:

  1. Demonstrate a clear vision.
  2. Refuse to blame others.
  3. Be honest about your own mistakes.
  4. Don’t make speeches.
  5. Don’t be afraid of the unknown.
  6. Approach your role as leader with humility.
  7. Suspend judgment when listening to others.
  8. Ask, “What if…?”
  9. Worry only if your team stops bringing their problems to you.
  10. Seek out diversity.
  11. Keep your promises.
  12. Don’t let your feelings cloud your decision-making.
  13. Put yourself in other people’s shoes.
  14. Have a deep, subconscious belief in your worth.
  15. Don’t underestimate the ability of your team.
  16. Be willing to work hard.
  17. Keep your eye on future results.
  18. Maximize others contributions – give credit where credit is due.
  19. Be a storyteller when describing the big picture.
  20. Let your team find the answer even when it is already clear to you.
  21. Be consistent in your personal style.
  22. Set challenging goals.
  23. Inspire, coach and empower.
  24. Never leave anyone behind.
  25. Surround yourself with talent and get out of their way.
  26. Be cool in a crisis.
  27. Bring a can-do attitude—enthusiasm is contagious!
  28. Possess unwavering courage.
  29. Create an environment where motivation can thrive.
  30. Let your team know they are valued.

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If you want to be a successful leader, and I believe everyone is capable of leading well, practice these ideas on a daily basis.

You will make a difference—not only to your workplace, but also to how your business contributes the world at large.

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Theresa Bradley-Banta writes about investing in real estate while avoiding the pitfalls that plague many new investors. She is a 2017 PropTech Top 100 Influencer and winner of 14 American and International real estate awards for her website and real estate investing programs. As featured on: The Equifax Finance Blog, AOL’s Daily Finance, Scotsman Guide, The Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show, Stevie Awards Blog, Rental Housing Journal, and Investors Beat among others.