Leadership Defined

Being a good leader is sometimes difficult, especially when you take on a new role. You are probably reading this article because you want to define your leadership skills. Keep reading to learn six tips that when practice, improves your ability to communicate effectively.

Take Full Responsibility

Developing great leadership traits requires responsibility. Leadership is not based on theories, but takes controlled practical steps that you use to guide employee performance. Employees look to you to lead the way by modeling behaviors and providing clear and fair expectations. Being a leader means that you take full responsibility for your actions, decisions and results; including the actions, decisions and results of others that report to you. If they succeed or fail it reflects on your skills. As a supervisor, it is your responsibility to make sure that your business runs smooth and efficient. Use errors as learning experiences to improve skills and processes when employees make mistakes. Discussing what happened with the team, leads to great sharing of ideas and solutions.LeadershipCredit: Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_sjenner13'>sjenner13 / 123RF Stock Photo</a>

Get To Know Your Employees on a Personal Level

Quality leadership means that you are willing to go out of your way to get to know employees better. Not only, about work-related topics, but also about things that interest them outside of the work environment. Employees appreciate being acknowledged in personal ways that don’t necessarily pertain to working. Caring for others is the true heart of a great leader. It means that you do not look down on employees or view them as a resource for getting results only. Never bully others to get peak performance. When you are genuinely concerned about the well-being of others, it leads to trust, which creates loyalty.

Lead by Example

It is important that you lead by example and not by title. The people you supervise will judge you by your actions and management decisions. Demonstrating your expectations is highly motivating for others to follow. Often managers are more concerned about wining, then about the process it takes to get the win. This simply means, that they may win the goal, but have sabotage their team's goodwill in the process. Take the focus off of wining and direct your efforts towards reaching goals. Break team goals down into smaller pieces and assign those out to people and set clear ways to measure progress. Help employees solve problems and offer honest and timely feedback. Never let your personal opinions get in the way of how you make business decisions. Don’t play favorites. Advance employees to the next level if they deserve it. When employees come to you with problems listen carefully and address problems immediately. You will have a better relationship with your team if you sincerely listen to solve their problems.

Control Stress

Taking on a leadership role causes excess stress and anxiety because of added pressures and responsibilities. A good way to keep a handle on stress is to rank tasks and responsibilities. Work with employees to decide the level of task's importance by ranking projects first, second, third and so on. Break down the steps needed to tackle the highest priorities working your way down the list. Allocate time management by having a clear idea of the amount of time required for each task. When you have a plan, it reduces the stress level for both, you and your employees.

Let People Work

Leaders do not do all the work. They work as part of a team. It means to inspire, motivate and train others to decide with confidence. It requires appreciating and valuing different methods of accomplishing a task or goal.  While the process was not executed the way you would have tackled it; the goal was successfully accomplished in the end. Having a clear agreed-upon plan and process will help everyone understand steps to do the task; then step back and let them work the plan.

Strive for Excellence

Set high standards for yourself and for others. Make sure everyone knows what the standards are and hold everyone accountable for meeting them. Great leadership means never settling for “good enough.” Strive to set the bar a bit higher each time for your team. Find other organizations as success role models and use their wisdom and experience to keep your team motivated.

Developing yourself as a trustworthy leader improves your effectiveness. Just because you are a supervisor of employees does not mean that people will respect and follow your guidance. Leadership requires work to understand what motivates employees to inspire them to top performance. The information contained in this article provides ideas defining the key leadership qualities it takes to get people to follow you.


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