Do you want to be a simple manager or a highly effective leader?
Do you want to be followed by your staff members only because they have to, or do you want to command respect by your actions and empower employees with your skills and commitment?
Effective leaders have certain habits that you can implement to improve your leadership skills today, and we share them with you in this article:
Excellent Communication Skills
How do you talk to your team members?
Do you give out instructions and turn and walk away without listening to their feedback or reservations?
That is not the way that great leaders communicate.
Instead, they realise that it is more important to listen than to speak when leading a group.
They practice active listening, which involves giving the other person the room and time to speak to get their ideas out.
This type of listening involves a commitment not to multitask and focus on both the verbal cues (what is being said) as well as the nonverbal cues (body language).
Only the best leaders know that is what is unsaid, things like eye movements and gestures, are often more meaningful than what is said.
Good leaders know that they can’t accomplish any relevant goals alone, and they get in the habit of effective delegation to benefit the entire company.
Micromanagers who don’t believe in their employees feel the need to watch over the staff’s shoulders, but good bosses give their employees the freedom and respect to be responsible for their own work and to make their own decisions.
This type of leadership leads to motivated and capable team members who strive to do their best work!
Anger Management Skills
It can be difficult to be a boss; your employees can frustrate you, your client can make you mad, and your investors can make you frantic.
However, great leaders know that anger management is essential to be respected and treat others with respect.
They get in the habit of practising deep breathing, walking away from a situation to cool down and speaking to others calmly and cooly so as not to yell or say things they don’t mean.
Great leaders always keep at the forefront of their minds that they are managing actual people.
This requires empathy to treat people with the respect they deserve.
High emotional intelligence to read people’s emotions is what sets apart great leaders from others.
Being sensitive, kind and understanding will make your employees appreciate you more, be more loyal and reduce your turnover.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 12 December, 2017
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