A strong leader is one that is both humble and confident, compassionate and assertive. Follow these tips to improve your leadership qualities.
To become the best leader you can be you first need to understand your personal leadership style and know your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on working to improve in areas where you’re struggling.
A great leader is one that isn’t only delegating and barking orders. Get input from your team. Figure out what works and what doesn’t as a group. Keep the lines of communication open at all times. Don’t allow negativity and resentment build up. Know when to stop talking and start listening. Allow your team members to contribute their ideas and make sure that you praise and acknowledge their hard work and commitment to a project. A little recognition goes a long way.
It’s important to not always go by the book and get creative. Thinking outside the box will keep you and your team motivated and engaged.
Don’t be afraid to get stuck in with your team. A leader that works alongside their team is respected and is able to understand what it takes to complete tasks. At the same time, give your team room to breathe. No matter how friendly and connected you are to your co-workers there is still a hierarchy. Nobody enjoys having a boss breathing down their necks. Build trust in your relationship with your team.
When building relationships, make sure that you don’t get too chummy. Always maintain a level of professionalism and have healthy boundaries. A good role-model in the workplace doesn’t gossip and speak negatively. At the same time, it’s important that your passion and enthusiasm is genuine. Transformational leaders are optimistic in the face of challenges.
Accept responsibility when you make mistakes and always keep your ego in check.
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