Ever wondered whether you are a leader or follower? Before you answer this question, let’s look at five things you can do to become a better leader.
1. Learn how to build each other up
The greatest leaders know that their only as good as the teams around them. It is important to invest time and effort in supporting and motivating each other to grow and achieve greater success. Constructive feedback is also crucial to enable members of a team in making meaningful contributions to the organisation.
2. Be dependable and reliable
Being genuine provides a sense of assurance that a leader understands his or her team and their needs. Stepping out of a strictly professional role in order to connect with the team adds value to a leader from the organisation’s point of view. A leader should manifest a sense of trust with the people they lead, in order for the team to better understand the leader’s vision.
3. Communicate, communicate, communicate
One of the most effective ways to improve leadership skills is through open communication with the rest of the team.
Leaders are those who show their team that they are willing to discuss issues including difficult ones that may arise at the workplace. Being a good listener is an important aspect of being a great leader as it builds trust and loyalty. Leaders who listen attentively to their teams are more likely to gain loyalty.
4. Be a role model
When you talk the talk, and walk the walk, others will respect and admire your style of leadership and want to emulate it. A good leader is not only one who leads the pack but more importantly, develops others to become leaders in their own right.
5. Give due recognition to others (i.e. be a cheerleader!)
Valuing others by celebrating their successes, makes them feel appreciated and inspired to work harder.
At the end of the day, being a leader starts from within and being a better version of yourself.
With relevant on-demand training and coaching programmes at Skills Academy, you can be sure to gain essential soft skills for lifelong and career success.