Effective Leaders Share These Seven Important Skills
By Alan Olsen
If you want to become an effective leader then you have to develop certain skills. The skills you need to be successful might vary from what someone else needs. However, in order to become a good leader you have to be able to teach, direct, correct, and continue to learn. To do this you need some specific skills that all leaders must have to become better leaders.
1. Encouraging Success in Others – good leaders aren’t focused on their personal gain. They don’t seek for power. Instead they seek to build the company and their teams. Good leaders give their employees opportunities to find success and they support them in that effort. Good leaders put their trust in those they lead and together they find success. And everyone wins.
2. Investing in Your Team – every employee wants to feel important, and like they belong. As a leader, one of the greatest things you can do to help your team succeed is to invest in them. Give them opportunities to grow and to help the company succeed. Show true respect to those you lead and you will create a productive and positive workplace culture.
3. Continue to Learn – as a leader you must lead and direct others. That means you also have to teach. However, that shouldn’t mean you stop learning. The more you know the more power you have to lead. So cultivate an atmosphere of learning in your workplace and in your own life.
4. Create Change – do you recognize where you have the most impact in your workplace? What specifically is it you do that has an impact on others and your company’s success? Do your employees feel like they belong? Do they understand their roles and do they find meaning in those roles? All of these are important questions to answer. And they will help you create important and lasting changes. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
5. Address Trouble Head on – no workplace is perfect. There are going to be issues and problems. As a leader, you must not be afraid to address these problems and identify the cause. Once identified, then it’s time to make corrections and change course for the better.
6. Be Accountable – true leaders never place blame on others. If they’re at fault they accept responsibility for their mistakes and work to correct them. They correct others with positive feedback and teach them how to improve. They hold themselves accountable for their own actions and they allow their teams to hold them accountable.
7. Teach Leadership – A good leader take the time to teach others how to lead. They do this by being a mentor to those they lead. They show their trust in them and empower them by giving them opportunities to lead.
If you want to be a good leader then work on these seven important skills. You will not only create a better workplace, but your ability to lead effectively will also increase.