Take a minute and reflect on this question – how would you describe someone who is a strong leader? You would likely say they are powerful, dynamic, a great communicator and someone with excellent oratory skills. While these are all excellent leadership skills, they take time to develop. If you are looking to develop skills such as these, continue reading to learn more about all it takes to become the leader you want to be.
Use a mentor. Find someone whose leadership skills you trust, and model your behavior after theirs. Watch them for a while, and get an idea of how they lead and what makes them a good leader. You don’t want to mimic them completely, but find what works about their style and incorporate it into a style that works for you.
If you’re trying to make a decision, you should try to get input from your team. Your team may be able to help you find a great solution, or they could help you see if you’re making a bad choice. A good leader should be interested in the opinions of others.
If you have an employee that goes above and beyond the call of duty, do not hesitate to give them extra praise and rewards. Even though it may seem like you are playing favorites, you are giving them what they deserve. be open with other employees about it so they are aware of what rewards come with hard work.
If you are in a leadership role, make it a point to avoid using harsh, or discouraging comments with your team members. Instead of using negative reinforcement, try starting the conversation with a positive comment, then gently easing into your problem or concern. This helps them to let their guard down, and remember that you are on their side.
A great idea for anyone in a leadership role to try is to periodically write an “open letter” to the team members, or workforce. In this letter, you can acknowledge good work, overall performance and show your appreciation for all they do. There is nothing like a little praise to boost morale.
Encourage passion for the work you do. When you show enthusiasm about something, it is contagious. Show enthusiasm for a new project and be passionate about the ideas your team has. Encouraging a passionate and enthusiastic attitude about work is a great way to inspire creativity in your team.
Strive for excellence. Don’t ever settle for “good enough.” Great teams always try to set the bar a bit higher each time. As a good leader, set high standards for yourself and make sure there are ways to measure them. Know what that standard is and hold others accountable to it. Don’t just evaluate their progress, but try seeking perspectives from those other organizations that inspire you. Learn from their experiences and try finding ways to make them work for your team.
A great leader is developed through hard work and skills. This article has provided you with much of the information you need as far as the skills go, and now it is your turn to take the reigns and put in the hard work to develop those skills. With effort, you can become the leader you want to be and lead the team you want to have.