Tips to Be a Better Leader

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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?

Now what?

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.
  • Listen.
  • 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.

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