10 Tips to Enhancing Your Leadership Skills
We could all admit to ourselves that there is room for some improvement in the way we lead others. After all, it’s not the sort of skill that is easy to get 100% right all of the time. It might just be that we don’t specifically know what improvements to make, so here’s 10 ways to start:
- Get a reality check
Finding out what others think of our leadership style can be real eye opener, and is often the most powerful driver for change. Using a 360 survey where you receive feedback from your staff, peers and manager, gives you some concrete information on a sometimes intangible subject.
- Don’t use the power of your position to get things done
If people are questioning why certain things are done, or the logic of decisions, never pull rank in response. A critical component of effective leadership is getting the buy-in from your team and colleagues.
- Don’t think of employees as things that need to be controlled or managed
Instead, give them the latitude to take actions and make decisions. Trust is a vital component of leadership. If you can’t trust people to do their jobs well, then you either have the wrong people in the jobs, or you have the right people but you haven’t trained them sufficiently. Let them do what they are there to do, without leaning over their shoulders all the time, or demanding to know how they spend each minute of their time.
- Listen, listen listen
If there are unhappy or disgruntled people in your business, you can guarantee that at some stage they’ve tried to tell you what the problem is. It’s likely you weren’t listening (or didn’t want to listen), or perhaps your initial reaction made the person think twice about bringing the problem to you.
- Stop providing solutions
Managers often achieve their positions after being technical specialists, and so will have an opinion or view on how to “fix” situations or problems. They believe that it’s faster to tell someone what to do, or do it themselves, than give their employees an opportunity to figure it out.
- Always be constructive always
Language and communication skills set great leaders apart from mediocre ones. Don’t patronise or be critical of others take complete responsibility for how you are heard.
- Judge your success by the success of your team
The true success of a leader can be measured by the success of the people that work for them. As a manager of others, your prime responsibility is to ensure the success and development of your team. If they are successful, you will automatically be successful.
- Don’t do things just because they will “look good”
Nothing is more transparent than managers who make decisions and behave in ways simply to look good to their superiors. If you want to improve as a leader, one of the qualities you need is integrity.
- Include humour in your diet
Nobody likes to work in an environment that is devoid of any fun. People are more productive when they are enjoying themselves.
- Let people get to know the real you
Being open about yourself helps to break down the barriers that hierarchy puts in place. When your employees know the person behind the faзade, that’s when you start to build the foundations of good leadership trust and respect.
“Leadership skills are considered to be important traits which can help you get to the top of your career field” commented Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.