Having good leadership skills is important if you are in charge of one person or 500 people. Good communication, people skills and many other things are required of great leaders. If you do not have these skills already, it is time to learn. Use the tips below to become a more effective leader to your team.
In order to be an effective leader, you must work closely with your team. Listen to them when they talk, encourage individuality and innovation, and let each member of your team enjoy their individual and group successes. Above all, don’t ask a member of your team to do anything that you would not be willing to do yourself.
Say thank you to your employees. Many studies have been done on the power of a thanks given from a manager to his or her employees. It increases productivity, often by a lot. Just a little graciousness really can help extend your power as a leader, so be active about it.
Allow ample opportunity for your employees to offer feedback and new ideas. Although group meetings are the ideal setting for exchange of information, some employees may not feel confident offering opinions in such a public forum. Work with employees individually as well. This will help you gain trust and get some honest feedback.
If you’re leading other people you should take the time to let them know what they mean to you. It takes only seconds or minutes to email or write a thank you, or to support someone else, and it goes a long way in the eyes of others. That little acknowledgement can brighten a day, and lift a mood, and costs you nothing.
Empower your employees. Leadership isn’t just about decision making. It’s also about knowing when to give up the power to your trusted colleagues. When you let them make decisions, you are helping to build their loyalty to the company. They’ll feel respected, and most importantly, wanted. That’s a big thing for the health of your business.
A great idea for anyone in a leadership role to try is to periodically write an “open letter” to the team members, or workforce. In this letter, you can acknowledge good work, overall performance and show your appreciation for all they do. There is nothing like a little praise to boost morale.
When in business, try to always lead by example and never just by title. Even if you are not a supervisor or manager, try to be as good at your job as the person above you. This can be a great way to personally move up the ladder, especially if the higher ups see you motivate higher productivity in everyone around you.
If you are only in charge of one person, it is still important to have great leadership skills. Being a good leader requires more from you than you may have expected. Perfect the skills you already have and learn the skills you do not to become a great leader.