Being a Leader is a skill that requires a great deal of work and effort. Leadership is not the title on your business card rather the person behind the title. Transform yourself into the kind of leader your business needs with these tips for effective leadership.
1. Create a workable plan:
Leadership is all about being proactive, rather than reactive. Good leadership is analysing and planning and adapting these plans to every new circumstance and opportunity. This almost guarantees our ability in crisis situations and resolving issues before they reach crisis proportions.
2. Have a vision:
Vision is the key to good leadership skills. Vision and planning go hand in hand – vision creates direction while planning is about reaching that visual destination. No business can exist without it. So if your business or department or team does not have a Vision Statement, take your first leadership step by creating one now. A Vision Statement encapsulates your dreams and your passions, and this should flow into your leadership skills and role.
3. Share your vision:
By sharing your leadership vision with others, strengthens your own belief in your vision and gives the motivation to achieve it. Those whom you share it with will recognise you as a person who knows what you want and will assist in helping you in achieving it.
4. Take charge:
With a good plan in hand, you are the only one who can drive it. If your plan requires you to respond to a crisis or improving the profit margins, the decisions and the appropriate actions are left to you. To be a good leader, you need to ‘walk the talk’ and be seen to take the necessary effective action that is relevant to your business.
5. Inspire the team:
When one thinks of a leader who inspires you, you would automatically think about the things these people did or are doing. People define a leader by their actions, so to develop your own leadership skills; you need to act in ways that are fitting to your leadership vision and your self – all the time. There may be numerous actions of other people whom we admire, but what inspires us is the integrity that gives these actions meaning.
6. Focus on reality:
Many leaders become convinced that they know what’s right in every situation and every time. They at times ignore reports and analyses, dismissing them as missing the mark in this particular situation. In many cases, they have done well by trusting their instincts (which is a necessary management tool), nothing can offset the value of solid data and hard research.
7. Eliminate emotions:
People who use emotion by shouting, sulking, crying, whining, etc., or are too focused on feelings; results in turning off the people who are well situated to help them succeed. People do not want to spend time with a supervisor who can’t be level-headed in difficult times. This behaviour increases resignations and general mistrust whenever things go wrong. Demonstrate to the team that you can deal with the bad situations as well as the good. Let them see that you are evenly balanced at all times.
8. Make the decision:
Less confident managers are experts at delaying hard decision-making; whilst other mistakes are equally made by over-confident managers who think that quick decisions need to be made at every turn. Use the facts and data that are available to make more accurate decisions. Asking others for assistance in making a decision should not be viewed as a weakness. Applying these elements will improve your leadership skills.