Skills all successful leaders have in common
Whether you’re a project manager or department lead, there are many skills that all effective leaders share. Becoming a leader requires a change of mind-set, from focusing on your technical skills and the quality of your own work, to directing, inspiring and guiding others. This can be a difficult transition to make, but anybody can be a great leader, by learning how to think and behave like one. Here are some of the key skills that all leaders should have in their repertoire:
Leaders inspire others
Leaders have vision and a drive for results. They help the team to see the bigger picture and connect their work to the impact it has on clients and the community. People want to work for businesses that make a difference, and leaders have a major role in helping employees to see the meaning in their work. All leaders have to pave the way to a compelling and bright future and motivate staff to get there. That means understanding how each and every person on the team operates and how to inspire them to do their best and fulfil their potential.
Creative confidence is a key trait of a great leader, particularly when it comes to problem-solving. Obstacles will always be thrown in your way and there won’t always be an obvious right or wrong answer. As a leader, you have to be comfortable dealing with uncertainty and able to think of innovative solutions under pressure, to lead your team down the right track.
Leaders radiate positivity
Attitude and atmosphere are vital to a company’s dynamic. Being able to laugh with your staff helps create a healthy workplace, especially when you’re dealing with stress and long hours. Leaders must be able to smile, even when things don’t play out the way they had hoped. Resilience and bouncing back from set-backs is the only option to ensure the team doesn’t lose morale and the organisation keeps working towards its objectives.
Give guidance and feedback
If you’re looking to be a leader, you have to be able to deliver constructive feedback (whether it’s positive or negative). Leaders are experts in communications of all forms, from one-on-one conversations, to full-staff meetings, email, social media, and phone calls. However, it is also important to strike a balance between providing advice, and listening to what staff have to say. Employees want to know that their concerns and opinions are being heard.
Leaders take responsibility
Successful leaders are coaches. That means taking responsibility for the team’s success and failure. An effective leader never points fingers at others but tries to find a constructive positive out of all situations. Taking moments to learn lessons from mistakes is how improvement occurs. All leaders should understand that without failing there is no development or growth.
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