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Must-have Skills For Every Leader
Many of you will one day be in the position, or are in the position of leadership. Although being in charge can be exciting and fulfilling economically, if you do not possess the skills to keep that position, you can easily be derailed from it by those who work under you.
When you delegate the work, an opportunity opens up for those that work under you to be in charge, and this is a great way to keep them motivated. However, when you delegate, keep the criticism of the works completion positive and up building. Leaders who give work to their team and then overly criticize and complain about the outcome of the work, create team members that are less likely to volunteer for projects. Instead, offer tactful suggestions on what you think would bring the project further in line with what is needed and allow the team member to finish the project themselves.The ultmate goal is to allow the team achieve higher results.
Motivate Your Staff
In this life there are leaders and followers. Most people that are getting up day by day and coming in to work, are already motivated. However, getting them to follow your lead is an altogether different game. The one thing that many great leaders have in common is that they know that their team needs appreciation.
Appreciation of one’s work goes a long way in getting them to follow your lead. A simple thank you for a job well done, gives one the feeling of accomplishment and puts a smile on their faces. A study shows that when appreciated, workers tend to remain loyal to a company longer than those that feel under appreciated.
When you show your appreciation to your team, allow it to extend to outside sources. In business meetings, mention a specific job that someone did and give them the credit for a job well done. If you are not the boss, make sure your boss knows about a team member that has been bringing exceptional work to your attention. You can be sure that these statements of appreciation will get back to the team member and motivate them to keep up the good work. Get your team up for additional awesome cources and great education within the sphere of their activity and interests.
Be a Front Man for Your Team
When the project is in full swing, and you have delegated to your team the bulk of the work, don’t retire to your office and just let it ride out. Wandering around checking in on your team asking if they need help, or offering suggestions and not making judgements will boost their productivity. You are their leader and having you with them along the way is what they want. Keep your wandering brief so as not to seem like you are looking over their shoulder. Have frequent meetings with them to see how they are coming along, and offer extensions if feasible.
You will spend most of your time as a leader in groups of people. Keep in mind that no two people are alike, but there is an amount of group-think that is needed in order to accomplish a specific goal. One way to manage a group is by using the group itself. That's, actually an awesome tool of the time management as well. Allow for open discussion while collaborating and remind your team that there are no “stupid” questions of suggestions. Everyone at the table must be considered, especially the quietest one. Make sure the “mouse” in your house is speaking up and being a part of the team effort. Team members notice when someone is not doing their part. It is up to the leader to make sure that everyone is participating. Each meeting of the group should have a different team leader to begin the discussion. You as the leader of the group must keep track of who was the last to take on this task. Delegate different team members to take notes also. No one should have to take on the tedious tasks of the group all of the time. Fairness is a sign of a good leader.
If you say you are going to do something do it. Otherwise never commit to anything to a team member. Teams look to their leaders for consistency. Their daily lives outside of the office are complicated enough. In the workplace employees want to know what they are doing, how they are doing it, and why? If the team leader switches up situations over and over again, this can cause for workplace drama that you will not be able to turn around. If you cannot do something for a team member at a specific time, let them know you will get back to them with an answer. Keep your commitment to get back to them whether the answer is yes or no.
Good leaders are excellent communicators. This does not mean that they are always talking. To be a great communicator, a good leader must learn to listen intently and ask pertinent questions while absorbed in the conversation. They build relationships very easily with their subordinates as well as their peers. If there is something that you do not understand, it is not a sign of weakness to ask someone to explain. It is a sign of a strong leader to be able to say, “I don’t understand, clarify.” You will be respected and easily followed.
There are many great leaders in the world, and you can be sure many of them have some of the qualities listed above. You too can become a great leader with these and many other skills that are available for you to learn. Remain teachable, that too is a sign of a great leader.