7 skills that a leader needs to be successful!
7 skills that a leader needs to be successful!
If you are new to being a leader, you will be thinking, “how do I motivate my team to get things done?“
There are some people who naturally take to leadership, but it is worth remembering that even these people have a learning curve too.
If you are a new leader and have inherited a team or just want to improve at what you do, you should be mindful of the seven tips below:
1. Learn to Delegate
The art of delegation is about recognising strong skills in other people and being able to empower them to use those skills to carry out the tasks you set for them. Trusting someone to complete a task is something not everyone has naturally, but if you set attainable tasks for your team and support them through it, it can be incredibly gratifying for you and the team. This restricts the amount of time you spend micromanaging your team and will help build their condense.
- Trusting people can be tough
- Provide guidance when required
- Take time to understand your team, what they like doing and what they don’t. (this will help you choose tasks for the team)
2. Be simple and clear with what you say
- Clarity in the world of leadership is so important. If your team is confused about anything it acts to demotivate and reduces their confidence in you as a leader.
- It can be very easy and clear to you what you think you require from your team
- You must have in mind that it might not be as clear to the people you are speaking to.
- The problem is not their intelligence but your explanation or maybe even the idea itself that is at fault.
- If it is hard to explain to your team, think about how hard it will be to explain to a client!
3. Communicate with your team
- Explaining your ideas is all very well, but you need to know what else is going on within your team.
- Being a great leader is about getting the best out of your team and that requires understanding them as people as well as colleagues. This means that your role has a pastoral aspect you really shouldn’t ignore.
- Making yourself available and approachable on any issue
- If your team feel that they can request a chat, you will know that they are giving you their trust.
- Try to talk to your team everyday. Just asking how people are or what they’re up to is enough to get started. This is a great way to break down barriers between you and them.
4. Value Honesty
- Honest conversations can often be the most difficult.
- It is hard to admit to someone that you have an issue with a work colleague or anything else.
- Its special when someone gives you their trust so give it what it deserves – your 100% attention and listen and respond without bias and acknowledge their honesty about the situation before you offer resolutions.
- Honesty works both ways!
- Be honest with your team – perhaps things aren’t going that well at the moment or you have some concerns that need addressing.
- Be factual, honest and understanding.
- Don’t lie or encourage lying from any of your team.
- Most people can detect dishonesty and that breeds distrust.
5. Be Confident, Not Arrogant
- Confidence is built on your skills and success from hard work.
- Arrogance comes from people over-sell themselves and most people find them hard to trust.
- Confidence can sometimes mean admitting to your team that things aren’t going well.
- You MUST show that you are prepared to guide them through the rough patch and ride it out together.
- As an employee you will have limited ability to shape the direction of a company. This can make it easy to panic and assume the worst.
- As a leader you need to be calm and focused on the end goals
- You need to encourage and reassure your team.
- Your team will reflect that attitude back to you, so be calm and confident
As a leader your confidence will be infectious. You should be confident enough to let other people speak rather than be the main voice all the time. Letting other people have the stage to present ideas will be great for the team’s creativity, not to mention their confidence and productivity.
6. Be Positive
Failure is something that everyone will experience at some point. As a leader, it is your role to:
- Realise that failure happens and when it does, everyone can move on.
- Find the good in everything and encourage your team to do more.
- Avoid laughing at people, but use humour to break tension.
- It is not easy for people to ask for help, so when they do, be enthusiastic about giving them a hand. Don’t be afraid to use other colleagues to facilitate this.
- Offering criticism on a team members work, be sure to find something positive.
- We have all been subject to long negative rants about what we haven’t done or have done badly. If you can be honest, calm but point out the positives shows that there is something to be built on.
7. INSPIRE Your Team
For us the most important thing to do is to inspire your team and the people around you. do this by:
- Create a fun, idea-driven working environment.
- Dont asking people to ‘be creative’, this does not work.
- Welcome ideas from your team at any time and have meetings that are dedicated to discussing ideas that have been delivered.
- Acknowledge the great ideas your team deliver and when you praise your team.
- Be specific about what exactly has impressed you.
- Being valued and encouraged gives your team confidence to share more ideas.
Leadership is rarely straight forward and the challenges it presents are often the joys and the stresses of the job. Like a captain of a sports team, it can be like a drug and going back to being just another team member can be difficult. A lot of leadership is about people skills and figuring out the best way to deal with all the different personalities within your team who look to you for direction and encouragement when they need it.
Leadership will always be a learning process, but we believe that with these points with these tips, you will have a good idea of how to progress.
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