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Being an effective leader can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the inherent knack for it. The responsibilities may be a little overwhelming at first, and you might even have to deal with people who you don’t particularly get along with. However, there are a number of methods you can employ so you can be the best leader you can be for your team or business.
Here are four ways to be a more effective leader – try some of them out and see if they work for you. If you think you might need a more structured model to follow, organisational growth and leadership experts such as Predictable Success can help guide you through a model to help you and your business.
Leading by example is the best way to garner respect from both your colleagues and your team. Getting that respect means that your team trust you, and will work harder for you than for someone they do not necessarily respect. Set your employees up to succeed, not to fail, and treat guide them through any problems they might have. Give out rewards and punishments with equal measure and in a fair, unbiased manner, and your employees will soon see that you have their best interests at heart.
Learn from Your Team
The best leaders are those who accept and acknowledge that they do not always have all the answers. Your employees can and will surprise you with their depth and breadth of knowledge, and there will always be something you can learn from them. This kind of vulnerability will allow your team to see you are just like them, and they will be more open with you and your decisions.
Take the time to sit down with each of your employees to talk about the positives and negatives in their work, and encourage them to do the same with you. This personalised time will show your employees that you really do care, and that you want the best for them as well as the business. This will make you a more effective leader as you will gain respect from your team, alongside useful feedback on how you can improve on your efforts so far.
Stifling creativity is a surefire way to de-motivation and dissatisfaction in the workplace. Effective leaders are ones who encourage thinking outside the box, and who challenge their employees in a way that is intellectually stimulating. Try putting together a challenge every week or two to get everyone stretching their intellectual limits, and you will be surprised at the results.
Effective leaders are able to get the best out of their employees, and are usually in the trenches with their employees. They celebrate the successes and pick up the pieces when things go horribly wrong, and they will always look out for their team. An effective leader will inspire their employees, and will ultimately lead to a happier, more productive workplace.
What do you think are the attributes of an effective leader? What are some ways you think people can be more effective in their leadership skills? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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