Tips to Be a Better Leader
Have you recently been given the opportunity to take on a leadership role, or maybe you’ve been in that position for years?
Are you concerned about doing a good job?
Kudos for wanting to either get off to a good start or improve your current leadership skills.
Being a good leader isn’t something the majority of people can naturally do. Contrary to belief, a good leader isn’t born. Some people do have more natural tendencies, but most people need to learn. And no matter if you have natural leadership skills or a ways to go, both groups need to continue to work at it.
But where to start? Here are some tips to help improve your leadership skills.
What does a leader do?
- Oversees a team
- Sets goals and makes sure the members are working toward those goals
- Evaluates progress
- Communicates amongst the team, as well as those in upper management
- Resolves conflict
- Handles strategy
- Inspires the team
- Manages resources
- Organizes the project
- Coaches team members
- Develops team strengths and improves weaknesses
What kind of leader are you?
- What’s your leadership style?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Using a leadership assessment tool can help identify those qualities, and you can use the results to improve as a leader.
Take to heart one of the expressions that teenagers often say to their parents, “You think you know everything, but you don’t.”
That’s so true.
A good leader acknowledges that there’s always more to learn about being a good leader. Don’t remain stagnant. The world is ever-changing, so continue to look for ways to improve your leadership abilities. Never stop learning.
Learn to Communicate Effectively
- Keep the lines of communication open.
- Since each person is different, understanding how best to interact with varying styles of personality is extremely beneficial (Myer-Briggs examples).
Set Clear Employee Goals and Expectations
- People like to know what’s expected of them.
- Ask for questions and feedback. Depending on the job, the employees might have a better understanding of what is required to achieve the goal.
- Take advantage of apps for everyone to track progress.
- Revisit goals and modify them as needed.
Lead by Example
- Hold yourself accountable to your own expectations.
- Instead of, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” try, “If you want something done right, show them how to do it.”
- Work as hard as you’re asking others to work.
- Model the qualities that you would like to see in others.
Know Your Team Members’ Strengths and Weaknesses
- Designate what someone will do based on their strengths.
- For example, the graphic designer should not be interviewing clients.
- Challenge them.
- Assign them jobs that will benefit the company.
Motivate Your Employees
- Encourage them to give their best.
- Instill a feeling of trust in their ability to do the job.
- Let them know you want them to succeed.
- Be the mentor that you would want to have.
Be Generous with Sincere Praise
- Be specific.
- Give credit where credit is due.
- Success happens because of the team – DO NOT take all the praise for a job well done, it is a team effort.
- Praise your team in public.
- When people feel they are appreciated, they will be happier and perform better.
Ask for Feedback
- Your team can give suggestions on how to improve your leadership skills.
- Use a feedback box.
- Be willing to make the changes.
- Have humility.
Being a better leader also means wanting to be a better leader!
Be always on the lookout for resources to improve your leadership skills.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
As a leader, you are the glue – so, be sticky.