If you are a business owner, team leader, manager, or are aspiring to grow your career, these tips will help you transform how you engage with your staff to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Our CEO Kobi Simmat is constantly training and enhancing his leadership skills to be a effective leader that can adapt to his team’s needs and the organisations’ vision.
As a leader the first thing you need to understand is, how is your ego serving you or handicapping you?
A leader is put in that role to manage a team to work at the best of their ability. Strong leaders effectively communicate with their team members, actively listening to their suggestions and approaching the majority of situations with empathy. A strong ego can alter ones perspective of their position in that role. Strong egos can create dictatorship management styles and this will hinder the team’s results, achievements and the culture within that team.
So, how can one develop and improve their leadership skills and acquire the characteristics of a good leader?
Well it’s not as easy as taking a short course on leadership and BOOM, you’re suddenly a great leader overnight. Improving your leadership is a long process that involves actively placing yourself in difficult leadership situations and learning from your mistakes. It takes time to develop leadership qualities and other important qualities so that you’re prepared with whatever challenges that being a leader can throw at you.
As a manager you want to be in a position mentally where you are thinking to yourself;
- How can I serve them?
- How can I help them?
- How can I make their job more fulfilling?
- What resources are available to my team to help them achieve their goals?
- Why are they here?
- What are their motivations?
- What are they engaged in?
- In which areas can I offer assistance?
- What are the traits of an effective leader?
- What makes a good leader?
To be a leader you must understand each team members vision, mission and purpose. Managing is a win-win situation between yourself and your team, where through your guidance the company is getting the most out of their staff, and your staff will feel fulfilled by excelling at work.
Leadership styles can be affected by the concept of humility. Start by asking yourself the question – how can you be more humble?
Qualities of a good leader go beyond being liked by your peers in the workplace. True leaders have a high level of emotional intelligence and are constantly building trust between themselves and their team members. A truly effective leader consistently inspires his team to work harder and smarter. This can be done through significant investment in professional development activities such as team building exercises.
Contrary to popular belief, issues with management styles occur because most people are overconfident rather than under-confident. By being humble, you encourage self-awareness and help your team work for a common goal.
The power of effective leadership and being a good leader is that most businesses cannot get to where they strive to be without the help of their teammates. Many goals are not achievable alone.
A great quote by John C. Maxwell states, “leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”
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Here are things to avoid doing to become a better leader;
- Criticising others – criticism is an ineffective management trait as it creates a blame culture within your team and can ruin an employers self-esteem. If there needs to be constructive criticism given to a staff member, frame the conversation in a way that acknowledges the problem and provides solutions and resources to solve it.
- Complaining about anyone or anything for any reason – complainers within a business herd together and a negative spiral forms within your team. As a leader you need to set an example for your staff and not engage in complaining, but rather discussing issues within the team and collaboratively offering solutions. Complaining has no purpose in business unless you are actively trying to intervene and improve the situation.
- Condemning people – follow the old saying, “if you can’t say anything positive, do not say anything at all.” Putting down other staff members or your competitors will not benefit the organisation in any way. Energy is contagious in a team, so strive to be the positive, inspiring leader your teammates can look up to.
Leadership motivates people to a higher level of performance through their strong human relations. By training to be a leader and developing leadership trai you can maximize efficiency and help achieve the organisation’s goals.