How to Become a Better Leader
Struggling to be an effective leader? It might be more about how you’re leading than about any innate talent. If you’re trying to tell people what they need to do, you’re probably not being effective. Here are some simple ways to practice better leadership.
One of the most common hurdles for leaders is poor communication. If you’re not getting your message to your team clearly, and aren’t being transparent at all times, your leadership will suffer.
Understand Your People
You can’t be an effective leader if you don’t have a good understanding of your team. This allows you to delegate effectively, ensure the right person has the right responsibilities, and that your team works as a cohesive unit.
Your team does their best work when they’re free to be creative and use their knowledge combined with their imaginations. Be open to ideas and suggestions.
Ditch the Negativity
Yes, it can be tempting to focus on the negative, particularly if things aren’t going that well. However, a true leader will focus on the positives, while still dealing with negative outcomes.
Telling your team what to do doesn’t work. You have to show them. Be the example. Don’t be afraid to do something that you’re telling someone else to do. True leaders lead by example.
Be direct in your feedback, even if that feedback isn’t overwhelmingly positive. However, that does not mean you need to be harsh or blunt. A direct leader doesn’t beat around the bush, gets to the point, and then moves on.
While being a leader does require that you give feedback, you also need to get feedback from others. Use this information to help determine how well you’re doing personally, and how you might be more effective.
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