8 Skills That Will Transform Your Leadership
A Guide for Entrepreneurs and Managers
Everyone can be a leader. However, not everyone becomes a leader. Being a leader has less to do with a position and more to do with influence. In a professional setting, it is important for a leader to provide direction. But, they should also have technical expertise in the area they cover. Still, a leader who wishes to grow as a person is one that has the best interests of others at heart. Just like there are different personality types and a mix of character traits, there are different kinds of leaders. The best way to be an effective leader is to read about leadership (as you are about to do) and learn your distinct personality type and default leadership style. The following tips are a good place to start.
COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION
Make sure you can communicate the vision you have for your team. Let your company's mission statement guide you by incorporating it into your routine. You need to articulate the broader vision while also demonstrating key roles each member can play. This gives your employees direction while also providing motivation.
Keep one eye on the future. You should be able to anticipate what will happen next and be ready for it. No, you aren't a mind-reader, but you will find that you can achieve some success when you are forward-thinking. Ask yourself continuously about your goals for the next year, or even six months, so that you can plan your outcome accordingly.
Honesty is one of the most important character traits of a leader. As a leader, you should be striving to lead people in a good direction. Your followers will recognize honesty and appreciate you for the quality. It will encourage and foster an amiable atmosphere of honesty.
LEARN TO IDENTIFY TALENT
Your ability to spot talent in other people will mark you as a good leader. This helps you realize who to choose for certain tasks and where to position people. This can apply to both contracting people short-term or hiring someone full-time.
SET "STRETCH" GOALS FOR YOUR TEAM
It is important that you set ambitious goals for team members, but you must also ensure they are attainable. If they are not, this will set your team up for failure and eventually erode their morale. Additionally, it is one way to show the world that you are not a very good leader at all. Try to set both individual and team goals. Then when you are conducting your routine one-on-ones, follow-up with your team members on how they are doing and offer them assistance if needed. During your meetings take the time to assess what is working and not working and work on potential solutions.
REWARDS ARE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
Offer people rewards for their good work. Salary is not enough of an incentive to keep people motivated. Recognize when your employees perform exceptionally well, and reward them with a gift or bonus. Good leaders know that showing appreciation doesn't diminish their authority. It is important to understand what motivates your employees so you can reward each of them accordingly.
INCREASE YOUR CONFIDENCE, TRUST YOUR DECISIONS
Being confident in your decision-making is a good way to better your leadership skills; especially, since you're going to be responsible for making them! For instance, If your team has different opinions about the solution(s) to a problem(s), you have to be able to decide which solution is going to benefit the entire team rather than just a few people.
BECOME A "SYNERGIST"
You should work on being synergistic. Know clearly what your personal goals are. Know what the business goals are. These are often competing agendas that should complement each other, as well as overlap in some areas. Find a way to work on your business and personal goals simultaneously. If this isn't possible, you might not be too thrilled about being there, and that will show.
Leadership Skills Are Transferable
If you want to move up in your career and forward in your relationships, you will need to improve your leadership skills. Learning how to use your skills is one of the most important things you can learn. If you want more information on your leadership style and strengths, check out this resource and take the quiz.