Here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ), we don’t just throw our staff into leadership roles. We coach them, develop them, and prepare them to take on more and more responsibility. And once our team members are in leadership roles, you can bet that their training doesn’t stop there! Our philosophy is to always be learning, growing and improving.

In the spirit of strong leadership, we’ve pulled together a list of “tools” that you’ll need to survive and thrive in your role as a leader. Enjoy!

A rubber band to remind you to snap out of it when you lose your attitude.

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All human beings experience ups and downs. But, part of being a leader is setting the pace for your team. This, in part, means having a great attitude and remembering that your people are always watching. It means taking things in stride when they don’t go as planned. It means staying positive even when you suffer a setback. It means not letting one negative event keep you from going after your goals (and your team’s goals!) with the same vigor and enthusiasm as when you started. Your team will follow suit. And for a fun summertime activity — try the watermelon experiment above! (We recommend doing it outside!)

A mirror to remind you to lead by example.

So much of great leadership is modeling the attitudes and behaviors that you want to see in your team. It’s not money say monkey do, it’s monkey see monkey do!

Clear tape to remind you to be transparent.

When you’re the leader of a team, it is essential to be honest, open, and communicative with your people. Don’t keep secrets, make sure your team members know where they stand, what’s to come, and how they can improve.

Binoculars to remind you to share your vision.

Part of transparency is sharing your vision. Not only is doing so an important part of open communication, but it’s also a huge motivator for the people on your team.

An eraser to remind you that no mistake is permanent.

One of the worst habits is making a mistake and then giving up. As a leader, it is important to teach your team how to learn from their mistakes and move on. Most problems can be fixed.

Headphones to remind you to listen.

Listening is one of the most important activities of a leader. Take the time to hear your team members out. Find out what they’re afraid of. Find out what they’re excited for in the future. Listen to what they’re most passionate about. Welcome their feedback. Just hear them out!

Smarties to remind you that you are smart and capable.

Having self-confidence is crucial when in a leadership role. This doesn’t mean that you have to know everything — and it doesn’t mean you have to pretend to know everything. What it means is that you should be humbly self-assured so your team has a strong leader to follow.

A dollar bill to remind you to invest in yourself and your team.

And we don’t actually mean financially! Investing in your team means spending quality time with them, having great conversations, getting to know their struggles and dreams, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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